The goal of a successful preventative maintenance program is establishing consistent practices designed to improve equipment performance and safety.
Preventative maintenance is more complex to coordinate than run-to-failure maintenance because the maintenance schedule must be planned in advance.
A common example of run-to-failure maintenance is a plan for a simple light bulb (where it runs until it fails). Then a new bulb is obtained to replace the older one (fixing the asset).
However, preventative maintenance is far less complex to coordinate than predictive maintenance, which requires planned monitoring strategies and interpretation of results.
Key Advantages of Preventative Maintenance
Planning is the biggest advantage of preventative maintenance. Unplanned, reactive maintenance has many overhead costs that can be avoided during the planning process. The cost of unplanned maintenance includes lost production, higher costs for parts and shipping, as well as time lost to responding emergencies and diagnosing faults while equipment is not working.
With preventative maintenance, equipment can be shut down to coincide with breaks in the production schedule. Also, prior to shutting down, any required parts, supplies and personnel can be gathered to minimize the time taken for a repair.
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