Preventive Maintenance Plans

Benjamin Franklin once said, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." That sentiment is very true in the maintenance world, where preventive maintenance plans can change the focus on your maintenance operations from reactive to proactive.

When you establish preventive maintenance plans for your organization, you are scheduling regular maintenance tasks on equipment or assets to lessen the likelihood of failure. Preventive maintenance is performed while the equipment is still working to reduce the chance that it will break down unexpectedly.

Where Do I Start with Our Preventive Maintenance Plans?

CMMS software is the best tool to implement your preventive maintenance plans in today's industrial or facilities environment. CMMS solutions will generate a schedule of PM tasks, making it simpler to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines. Preventive maintenance plans are cost effective and beneficial for organizations of all sizes—lowering costs, improving reliability, and helping with compliance reporting.

Let's review the most common types of preventive maintenance plans:

  • Run-to-Failure (RTF) Maintenance is running an asset to failure. A simple example would be replacing a burned out light bulb. An important goal of CMMS usage is to reduce run-to-failure maintenance in favor of a more proactive maintenance plan. Even if your assets have been maintained based on failure in the past, you can easily begin to use CMMS to collect important data that will help you predict future failures.
  • Preventive Maintenance (PM) is triggered by time, meter, or event. This type of maintenance is common in most maintenance departments. Everyone understands it in terms of auto maintenance: changing your oil every 3,000 miles or every 3 months. (Which is far too often in today’s cars, by the way.) CMMS excels at helping maintenance shops set up scheduled maintenance tasks, preventing failure and prolonging asset life cycles.
  • Condition-Based Maintenance (CBM) allows you to track meters and gauges on assets, and to trigger work orders when certain numbers are hit. When an asset’s condition changes outside of a specified range, maintenance events are triggered in your CMMS. While the actual data can be gathered manually or automatically, you’ll need a CMMS to store the data and to alert maintenance staff when it’s time to take action.

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MPulse Maintenance Management software can help you create a preventive maintenance schedule to make your maintenance programs more productive and more efficient.