Preventive maintenance refers to regular, routine maintenance to help keep your systems up and running, preventing any unplanned downtime and expensive costs from unanticipated equipment failure. It requires careful planning and scheduling of maintenance on equipment before there is an actual problem as well as keeping accurate records of past inspections and servicing reports.
What Does Preventive Maintenance Include?
Preventive maintenance involves the systematic inspection where potential problems are detected and corrected in order to prevent failure before it happens. In practice, a preventive maintenance schedule may include but not limited to things such as physical cleaning, check of cooling systems, software and operating system upgrades that are regularly scheduled. The exact preventive maintenance required will vary based on your operation and type of equipment. Preventive maintenance includes much more than simply performing routine maintenance on equipment and systems.
What Are the Benefits of Preventive Maintenance?
Preventive maintenance offers companies a number of important benefits including
- Prolonged life of company equipment
- Less unplanned downtime caused by equipment failure
- Less unnecessary maintenance and inspections
- Fewer errors in day-to-day operations
- Improved reliability
- Security patches and updates
- Reduced of security breaches
Ideally, for the low cost of a preventive maintenance schedule will save time, reduce costs, and keep an operation running efficiently and productively.