What is preventive maintenance?
Preventive maintenance is a type of proactive maintenance that includes adjustments, cleaning, lubrication, repairs, and parts replacements. Preventive maintenance keeps assets in good order and reduces unscheduled downtime and major repairs.
When minor problems arise in your facility it may not seem urgent, but small failures can add up quickly. Scheduling preventive maintenance tasks will not only prevent equipment breakdowns and lost production, but will also help reduce maintenance costs over time.
When implemented properly, a preventive – or preventative – maintenance plan results in savings over time as assets last longer, use less energy, and cause fewer interruptions to your processes.
Advantages of preventive maintenance
- Less equipment downtime
- Fewer interruptions to critical operations
- Longer asset life
- Improved efficiency (assets in good repair tend to operate better)
- Increased workplace safety and improved compliance with OSHA
Ultimately, the primary benefits of preventive maintenance come down to reliability. As you keep each asset in good repair, break downs are less likely to occur, and ultimately less downtime is seen over the life of the asset.