Preventive Maintenance: maintenance that is regularly performed on a piece of equipment to lessen the likelihood of it failing.
Having a preventive maintenance program in place allows your company to be proactive instead of reactive to problems with your equipment. A company with a preventive maintenance plan in place is more attractive to customers because it shows you are committed to getting your product out on time without downtime or emergency shutdowns. There are many reasons you should have a preventive maintenance program already but today I am just going to go through a few:
- Save Money
The first reason you should have a preventive maintenance program is the most obvious: to save money. Unplanned downtime can cost you thousands of dollars. Emergency shutdowns are always more expensive than routine maintenance. The costs from an emergency come from expediting parts shipments to paying overtime to technicians and more.
- Maximize Efficiency
The second reason your company should have an active preventive maintenance program is to maximize efficiency. Not only can preventive save you money, but it can actually increase income. When there is a qualified technician on-site at all times, they are going to notice when something is wrong with the machines that you would normally not notice until something breaks. A technician is going to know the information on the best processing systems, upgrades, and maintenance hacks to ensure your machine is running as efficiently as possible.
- Extend Equipment Life
Preventive maintenance will also prolong the life of your machine. Going back to taking a proactive approach, the moment something is not working to max efficiency, your machine starts to use more electricity and more money than it originally was. The only way your machines are going to stay in top shape is with regular maintenance. Over time through your preventive maintenance program, your machines will operate at the same level of efficiency as they did when they were new.
- Lower Maintenance Costs
As your machines get older, a preventive maintenance program allows you to reduce maintenance costs because now your machines are being serviced regularly for a small fee compared to what it would cost to replace multiple parts on one machine when something breaks. Reactive maintenance compared to preventive maintenance is said to be 2 to five times more expensive.
- Enhance Safety
When your machines are not working to max efficiency, they are not as safe as they could be. Edges dull and warp over time so that when something breaks, it can be a dangerous environment for your employees. With a preventive maintenance program, your technician will be able to spot the moment something starts to dull or warp so you will be able to replace or repair it right away.
In the end a preventive maintenance program is only going to help you. A preventive maintenance program may seem scary to set up and get started but with the help of Midsouth Mechanical, the process can be seamless.
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