Benefits of Maintaining Your Manufacturing Facilities
General Contract Services are very important to all Companies within the UK and around the World. Without these General Contract Services, Companies could not process orders and/or perform service-based functions like billing and collections, inventory management, payroll, distribution, customer service and much more.
These are all very vital and critical to the smooth running of a Company or Business. As a Business Owner or Manager, it is very important that you understand and know all of your Company’s contractual obligations to the suppliers, vendors, third-party companies, and/or the like as it pertains to these matters. With that said, knowing and understanding these types of contractual obligations are paramount to protecting your business interests.
The “urden” or cost for maintaining a Facility comes from two different directions: direct costs, which includes: the cost to hire an Employer / Agent, and indirect costs, which includes: fees and penalties assessed by your Company’s Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable departments, indirect costs such as: taxes, insurance premiums, and utility bills, and any subcontracts / sub-contracts you may have, and any other indirect or primary costs, such as: landscaping fees, maintenance services, construction estimating fees, equipment depreciation, and the normal wear and tear of your facility.
Accounts Receivable Representative
These are the “per item” costs that will be applied to the Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable categories on your invoices. These expenses are generally charged per month based on your invoice date and should be itemized by function. You must account for each and every expense incurred as it relates to your accounts receivable and accounts payable. The responsibility to know and report these expenses lies with you as the Accounts Receivable Representative and the Accounts Payable Associate.
When determining whether you require the services of a professional maintenance company or not, it is important to understand the difference between an Employer/Chief Engineer, or E&C, and a General Contractor, or GEC. An E&C is responsible for the management of all facets of a facility management system and is generally responsible for overseeing the entire operation, while a GEC is responsible for providing a point of service for facility operations.
While an E&C is responsible for the day to day operations of a facility, the GEC handles the broad spectrum of activities associated with facility management. For example, GEC would oversee facilities located throughout the United States and handle payroll, hiring, training, paying the appropriate third-party contractors, accounting, and so forth.
If you require periodic maintenance services, you may be able to negotiate additional cost-effective options with your existing HVAC provider. For example, some providers offer accelerated payment options, in which a portion of the scheduled maintenance is completed ahead of time and the balance is paid at the end of the term.
Depending on your facility and industry, you may also be eligible for discounted or reduced rates when it comes to HVAC equipment. Therefore, it is critical to negotiate these terms before you commit to using a particular HVAC provider.
As part of the maintenance services agreement, your HVAC provider will typically provide training to current and future facility maintenance technicians and residents. The training can provide residents with valuable information about how to prevent problems and maintain equipment in top condition.
It also enables residents to see when necessary repairs are needed and how to address them without adversely impacting normal work orders. Having this training also enables residents to identify problems earlier so that they can schedule maintenance without delay.
Property Management Maintenance Services
You may also be required to use a property management maintenance services company to ensure the safety and proper functioning of your heating and cooling systems. While a general contractor can perform a variety of tasks, such as installing duct work and furnishing interior furnishings, a property management maintenance technician has additional specialized tools at their disposal.
For instance, a technician trained in fire protection will have tools designed specifically for HVAC use. This ensures that heating and cooling systems are properly maintained, and fire damage is prevented.Other benefits of having a property maintenance contact center includes allowing your residents to receive assistance and answers to their questions whenever they need it.
Through live phone calls and email replies, you can readily answer questions about maintenance, scheduling, repairs and more. For residents who may have questions about their heating or cooling system, having the company’s help is invaluable. Additionally, by having a professional maintenance contact center, you are able to respond quickly to emergency maintenance requests, such as those that may be triggered by fires. A response may arrive within minutes of the call, saving your residents time and money.
Clearly, there are many benefits associated with maintaining your manufacturing facilities. In addition to providing an expert repair service, you can also utilize your skill set and experience to train new hires or teach existing employees how to provide superior maintenance services. As long as you have the resources to identify the needs of your current and future workforce, maintaining your manufacturing facility will prove to be worthwhile, and perhaps even a lifesaver!