What one action do all mattress producers need to take to keep their mattress manufacturing equipment in good working order? Implement a robust program of preventive maintenance, leading machinery suppliers say. A well-designed program includes inspecting equipment regularly, replacing worn parts before problems occur and conducting any necessary service, such as lubrication, sharpening or re-calibration, on a consistent, timely basis. The benefits of such a proactive approach are multifold, equipment suppliers say. Maintenance helps keep machinery in good working order for current production while also heading off problems—and potential breakages—that may occur down the road. “Preventive maintenance should be the motto of all factories,” says Costas Georgallis, founder and managing director of Amelco Industries Ltd. in Nicosia, Cyprus, whose line includes roll-pack, baling, frame, mattress-packing and pillow-filling machines. “Producers should always follow the equipment manufacturer’s instructions and not wait until a breakdown to repair and maintain their machines.” The cost of unplanned maintenance includes decreased production, higher costs for parts and shipping, plus lost...