Preventive maintenance is a systematic approach to building operations that aims to predict and prevent catastrophic equipment failures before they occur. To accomplish this goal, facilities personnel conduct routine inspections, maintenance, and repairs on assets to ensure they work as the manufacturer intended. Functional equipment allows facilities staff members to focus less on reactive maintenance and more on upcoming maintenance tasks or time-sensitive work orders. As a rule of thumb, it is better to prevent issues than react to them. Preventive maintenance reduces the likelihood of unexpected issues by promoting supreme equipment performance.
WHAT ARE THE FOUR KEY ITEMS OF PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE?
Preventive maintenance takes a proactive approach towards maintenance and involves four key action items: inspection, detection, correction, and prevention. Let’s take a closer look at how each concept is fundamental to a successful preventive maintenance program.
- Inspection: Inspections are a necessary part of preventive maintenance and aid organizations in two ways. First, facility inspections ensure that equipment is safe to use. Regular inspections help prevent workplace injuries and provide a business with increased liability protection. Second, regular inspections protect property. Inspections ensure that equipment is functioning as the manufacturer intended.
- Detection: Operating on a run-to-failure approach can end up costing a facility department significant money, which is why many facility managers choose to utilize a preventive approach to maintenance. Preventive maintenance helps facility managers detect problems early when issues are still relatively easy and inexpensive to fix.
- Correction: Preventive maintenance encourages facility managers to take a proactive approach towards equipment care and correct issues before they occur. If an issue or potential issue is detected, facility managers take steps to promptly address the problem before it worsens or shuts down operations.
- Prevention: Facility managers can combine inspection records and maintenance notes to learn from past mistakes and correct repeated issues with equipment. Prevention of asset failure reduces stress and increases productivity for facilities teams. When equipment works as inspected, staff can focus on proactive maintenance tasks.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE?
Preventive maintenance has two overarching goals: to increase asset longevity and productivity and to keep people and assets safe from harm. Facility managers and their teams can use the principles of preventive maintenance to achieve various benefits, including the following:
- Diminish excess depreciation of equipment
- Prevent untimely breakdowns of critical equipment
- Eliminate unnecessary inspections and maintenance tasks
- Save money by extending the useful life of assets
- Prepare for and prevent future issues from occurring
Midsouth’s preventive maintenance service offers a proactive solution for your company to not only save on downtime but to extend the lives of your machines and to save money on maintenance costs and energy consumption. We offer machine repairs, system design, and engineering for companies of all sizes and needs. So give us a call today at 706-884-3206 to see how we can provide preventive maintenance to your company!