By Grainger Editorial Staff 3/22/18
Preventive and corrective maintenance involves regularly scheduled equipment upkeep to avoid sudden and unexpected equipment failure and resulting downtime. For a production environment, it also reduces the total cost of ownership of the equipment asset and extends its expected service life.
Maintenance entails much more than just fixing broken equipment. In fact, a well-designed facility management system generally encompasses four categories of maintenance: emergency (or response), routine, preventive, and predictive.
Here are five assessment programs that will arm your maintenance teams with the right tools to reduce the lifecycle costs of production equipment and help extend their service lives:
Once your assessment programs are in place, build a process that will capture all the data from these initiatives and drive decisions about equipment repair and replacement. Processes should include the following:
A robust preventive maintenance program requires assessment followed by corrective action. Combining both requires discipline to manage all facets of the program, from having the right tools, personnel, and training to adequately make assessments to having the right disciplined processes set up to implement corrective actions. A carefully planned and executed preventive maintenance program will go a long way to extend equipment service life and save you from more costly repairs and downtime.
Use this preventive maintenance checklist to keep your equipment well-maintained and to avoid any unplanned downtime.
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