What can we say about preventive maintenance(PM)? Preventive maintenance can be explained with various work cases, numerous real life situations in many industries but PM is essentially the maintenance work that is done to a certain piece of hardware or a system that minimizes its rate of its decline to failure.
In the same way you would not wait until your car’s engine fails to get the oil changed, machines, equipment, buildings and anything of value to your organization need consistent maintenance to avoid breakdowns and costly disruptions.
To ensure the hardware does not perish unexpectedly, PM is done in its operative state. Ideally, PM is done between reactive maintenance and predictive maintenance.
PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE VS. REACTIVE MAINTENANCE VS. PREDICTIVE MAINTENANCE
Reactive Maintenance = the maintenance done to a hardware when it has already broken down, normally known as a repair.
Predictive Maintenance = a technique that uses condition monitoring tools to track the performance of the hardware during its operative state to detect possible defects and fix them before they breakdown.
Effectively, predictive maintenance decreases the possibility of unscheduled reactive maintenance without doing too much PM.
TYPES OF PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE
The most obvious trigger of when PM should be done depends on how severe the hardware impacts production or management. There are 2 types of triggers that can schedule PM and that is by usage based and time based.
USAGE BASED PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE
Just like the scheduled maintenance service you do to your car every 10,000 KM, usage based PM should be done after a certain about of production cycles i.e. millage or hours.
TIME BASED PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE
Usually regarded as regularly inspected piece of equipment or machines that is vital for production or construction.
BENEFITS OF PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE
The direct benefits of PM can be summarized as follow:
- Minimized asset failure and breakdowns
- Reduced downtimes
- Prolonged assets productive life
- Improved production
PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE NEEDS PLANNING!
We all know that it’s difficult to track everything in running an operation. Especially tracking something like the time and use of a small component of a large elaborate production line. So Maintenance Apps like PegasusWork are born in response to all these challenges!
PegasusWork enables field technicians to track equipment and gauges. A work order is created in the event a maintenance is needed. PegasusWork allows developers to gather these data to record the activities and work towards a KPI.
We can conclude that PM is one of, if not, most crucial parts of a hardware’s life cycle as the failure of a hardware could play on the line of thousands of dollars in loss for a company and we cannot overlook its existence.