The maintenance plan is a fundamental part of the routines of any efficient infrastructure. Get to know its features and advantages of Preventive Maintenance.
What is Preventive Maintenance?
Preventive maintenance is a set of interventions carried out to prevent the occurrence of failures and to monitor the performance of the operation.
Preventive work is performed cyclically and defined in the Maintenance Plan created by the manager, based on the needs of the infrastructure and equipment.
In order to have sufficient time to carry out the preventive work, it is essential to have a good management of technical professionals and to ensure good communication among all the teams. The main purpose is that these teams are not only dedicated to corrective maintenance, i.e., to the resolution of failures.
What are the most common preventive maintenance interventions?
The maintenance plan includes measurement routines to ensure the quality of the operation of a particular equipment; cleaning; lubrication; inspections; calibrations and measurements; and the replacement of worn components.
Main Advantages of Preventive Maintenance
- Increased reliability in the equipment. The technicians and managers, by closely monitoring the asset, can trust that it will fully operate and without constraints for the customers.
- Resource economy: An equipment that shows signs of wear, or is near the end of its life cycle, may be consuming too much energy to function. With periodic reviews, you can detect these situations and decide if it is better to replace the asset or make the necessary adjustments. The result is improved energy and/or water resources in the infrastructure, without waste due to lack of maintenance.
- Preserve equipment and making better use of their life cycle is another advantage of preventive maintenance. By using the right products to maintain and clean them, we extend their operating period and optimize the return on financial investment.
- Full and accurate information about the whole operation: Preventive maintenance also provides the manager with information about his operations conditions, such as consumption and income, which can help in the decision making regarding the purchase of new equipment and even the opening of a new company unit.
- Creation of the Preventive Maintenance Plan (PMP): Another advantage is the preventive maintenance plan, which generates an annual calendar (or biannual/triannual, depending on the type of structure and method used), which gives the manager the real notion of where resources are allocated over the months.
- More motivated and efficient team: From the manager and technicians perspective, a best team management is also an advantage. By following the full operations and seeing the contribution of each professional, it generates a greater motivation among the members of the team. It is more satisfying to see everything going well and preventing failures from happening, than to spend the day working to solve urgent constraints and correct failures.
To dedicate to Preventive Maintenance, the manager doesn’t need to spend too much time on Excel files with annual plans, certifications, equipment warranties, and team calendars. The use of technical operations management tools, such as Infraspeak, optimizes this work and allows the manager to have more quality time to think about his work in a strategic way.