Converting equipment is the workhorse of any manufacturing operation. Simply put, converting equipment turns raw materials into finished products. These machines turn raw aluminum into rolls of aluminum foil, loose fibers into balls of string, and polypropylene films into plastic bags. They are the central players of the manufacturing floor, and if they go down due to equipment failure, everything grinds to a halt and supply chains are disrupted, and customers are made unhappy. There are a few ways to prevent this from happening, and they all involve thinking ahead.