Maintenance is an important aspect that will lead to the continuous operation of a business or company. Without proper maintenance plans, you can experience unexpected interruptions that can wreak havoc the overall success of the company.
Working with the operations team in order to create a preventive maintenance schedule for vital equipment and facilities can be a challenging and overwhelming task for managers. Drafting a preventive maintenance schedule is not as easy as you wish it to be. But, you don’t have to run or skip creating a preventive maintenance schedule as it offers a handful of benefits.
Preventive maintenance also known as preventative maintenance is a process that is regularly performed on a piece of equipment to lessen the likelihood of it failing or stop working completely. It is performed while the equipment is still working so that it does not break down at the most unexpected time of the day.
Each and every type of business has different preventive maintenance needs. Fortunately, there are four different types of preventive maintenance that will fit the needs of your business.
Calendar-based maintenance is a recurring work order that is scheduled for when a specified time interval is reached in the computerized maintenance management system (CMMS). By using this type of preventive maintenance, you can specify the downtime schedule and inform the maintenance management team and other departments that will be affected by the maintenance.
Usage-based maintenance is the type which uses meter readings to log in the CMMS. When a specific unit is reached, a work order is created for routine maintenance and all the departments involved are notified.
Predictive maintenance is the type when the work order data is logged in the CMMS. The maintenance managers can predict when an asset will crash based on historical events and create specific PMs to prevent them from happening again. In this type of maintenance, it’s very important to track and review case histories to determine the exact date when the maintenance should be scheduled.
Prescriptive maintenance is a little similar to predictive maintenance. However, instead of only the maintenance manager prescribing PMs, machine learning software assists him for a comprehensive maintenance process.
Benefits of Preventive Maintenance Schedule
Preventive maintenance is a vital process for businesses and companies. However, it is often overlooked by maintenance teams and managers.
There are more benefits to implementing a preventive maintenance program than merely reducing the amount of unplanned and unnecessary downtime.
Some of the benefits of implementing a preventive maintenance and setting a schedule are the following:
- Extension of asset lifetime
- Increased safety and reduced risk of injury for the employees
- Optimized and cost-effective maintenance planning and resource allocation
- Less expensive corrective repairs instead of changing broken parts
- Better margins and profits due to minimal downtime
Perhaps the greatest benefit of preventive maintenance and having a specified schedule is the increased safety of the employees and facility, especially for a company that owns heavy machinery. The price of employee safety is never too expensive and organizations such as the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OHSA) enforce government policy strictly to avoid accidents in the workplace.