What Is Preventive Maintenance?

Preventive Maintenance Lowers Costs, Grows Profits, And Increases ROI

Keeping your equipment running at peak performance and minimizing the costs for repairs are the main objectives of any maintenance organization. To achieve these goals a business needs to have a strong preventive maintenance plan in place to keep equipment in safe and running condition.  To help them more effectively meet their maintenance operations goals, businesses are depending on preventive maintenance software to help them manage their maintenance operations. 

What Is Preventive Maintenance (PM)?

Preventive maintenance (or preventative maintenance) is routine maintenance performed on a piece of equipment to help keep it running at peak performance,  preventing any unplanned downtime and unexpected costs from unanticipated equipment failure.  Preventive maintenance is scheduled and performed while the equipment is still working to reduce unexpected breakdowns.    

What Are The Different Types Of Preventive Maintenance?

Preventive maintenance can be scheduled on a time or usage based approach. 

Time-Based Or Calendar-Based Preventive Maintenance

This type of maintenance requires setting up a preventive maintenance schedule to perform regular inspections on pieces of equipment that would have a severe impact on production in the event of a breakdown.  Just a few examples of this type of preventive maintenance includes:

  • Winterize vehicles in September.
  • Service air conditioners every Spring.
  • Replace heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) unit’s air filter every four months.
  • Monthly inspection of parking area for any surface infractions (cracks, pot-holes, etc).

Usage-Based Or “Runtime” Or “Meter-Based” Preventive Maintenance

This type of maintenance triggers maintenance after a certain amount of asset runtime (such as every “X” amount of kilometers, miles, hours or production cycles).   This ensures that equipment is running as the manufacture intended.  This type of maintenance is performed as often as an asset needs it.  Just a few examples of this type of preventive maintenance includes: 

  • Lubricate fittings every 30,000 cycles.
  • Change oil in the machines every 20,000 hours.
  • Lubricate pumps every 20,000 run-hours.
  • Inspect tires on vehicles every 10,000 miles

What Are The Benefits Of Preventive Maintenance?

Preventive maintenance offers companies of any size, a number of important benefits including:

  • Machines will work at full efficiency creating profitable uptime while reducing downtime.
  • Improves efficiency (assets in good repair tend to operate better).
  • Problems are recognized earlier which reduces the chances of equipment breakdowns.
  • Prolonged life of company equipment due to proper maintenance.
  • Fewer expensive repairs caused by unexpected equipment failure that must be fixed quickly.
  • Spare Parts Inventory can be managed and purchased at reasonable costs.
  • Improves reliability of equipment.
  • Properly maintained equipment improves safety.

These are just a few reasons why it is important to implement a preventive maintenance program in your organization.

eWorkOrders CMMS Preventive Maintenance Software Solution

The numerous benefits of Preventive Maintenance are why many maintenance managers are shifting from reactive maintenance to strategically scheduled Preventive Maintenance plans which are meant to prevent problems and optimize maintenance operations.   eWorkOrders CMMS software solution helps facilitate Preventive Maintenance by helping schedule maintenance tasks and keeping organized historical records of all inspections and repairs.  Having a CMMS in place organizes functions, streamlines processes, controls costs, minimizes equipment downtime, extends equipment lifespan, controls inventory and keeps equipment running at peak performance. 

Using eWorkOrders CMMS Preventive Maintenance software lowers costs, grows profits and yields greater returns on investments.