Commercial Preventative Maintenance

The best way to solve a problem is to stop it from happening. That is where preventative maintenance can help. Preventive maintenance is the systematic inspection of equipment where potential problems are identified and corrected in order to stop equipment failure before it happens. It is performed while the equipment is still working so that it does not break down unexpectedly. This method lessens the likelihood of equipment failure. In the same way you would not wait until your car’s engine fails to get the oil changed, machines, equipment, and anything of value to your organization or property need consistent maintenance to avoid breakdowns and costly disruptions. Preventive maintenance is a strategy that all companies or organizations can implement to move away from reactive maintenance modes, and to begin a reliability journey.

As the best programs include a combination of maintenance approaches, implementing preventive maintenance is an important step to the ideal strategy of predictive maintenance. Though many are moving away from a reliance on run-to-failure or reactive maintenance modes, most organizations still use this method today. Reactive maintenance involves repairing equipment after it has broken down to bring it back to normal operation.

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Preventative Maintenance Saves Money in the Long Run

Many people think that it may be less expensive to operate reactively, but planned maintenance can be much less costly, saving companies in the United States $7.2 Billion in 2016 alone. There are a variety of other costs associated with unplanned failure that can be avoided by using a preventative maintenance method such as lost production, overtime, idle equipment, expedited shipments and other hidden costs which can include Safety issues, Uncontrollable and unpredictable budget costs, Shorter life expectancy for equipment, Greater chance of inspection failure, Increased downtime for equipment and employees, Repeat issues, and breakdowns. When preventive maintenance is scheduled, these costs can be avoided, and all parts and maintenance resources can be scheduled and accounted for to streamline the process. Preventive maintenance can also be set up with breakdown and time-based triggers. Maintenance triggers are used to alert employees that maintenance must be performed at an operational level. Breakdown maintenance triggers occur when a piece of equipment breaks down and cannot be used until maintenance is performed. With a time trigger, maintenance is triggered whenever the calendar rolls over to a pre-specified date. In practice, a preventive maintenance schedule may include things such as cleaning, lubrication, oil changes, adjustments, repairs, inspecting and replacing parts, and partial or complete overhauls that are regularly scheduled. By establishing a maintenance schedule, you won’t need to worry about MSI can protect your property by ensuring that all equipment functions correctly and by being prepared to take care of any malfunctions that may occur.