If you look at our website and blog, you’ll notice that preventive maintenance is the subject we talk about the most, and that’s not by chance. Preventive maintenance is essential for any business, be it a hotel or a manufacturing facility, and today we’d like to remind you of why.
It saves you money.
Simple as that. Preventive maintenance may seem costly, but it’s actually a bit like health insurance — routine care prolongs average life expectancy, and when there’s actually a problem, the expenses are lower. Why wait for problems to happen instead of preventing the worst?
In the case of manufacturing, the advantages are obvious: if you prevent problems, production lines will never stop completely and deadlines will be met. For those dealing with final customers, it’s much harder to calculate actual losses. Imagine a hotel in which the water heating system fails. Do you know how many guests will never book the same hotel again? How many people will read their reviews and end up choosing a competitor?
Offers more security.
Neglecting preventive maintenance means risking the safety of everyone who comes close to it, be it a team member or a customer. On the other hand, when you do regular checkups, replace worn out parts and follow all maintenance procedures, you’re increasing safety.
Let’s take the example of a hotel with a spa. It probably has air conditioning, at least one swimming pool, a jacuzzi, a sauna, a Turkish bath, artificial fountains, an irrigation system in the garden and hot water heaters/ generators. Skipping maintenance in any of these areas can trigger a legionella outbreak, potentially deadly bacteria that develop in stagnant waters and refrigeration equipment.
Improves manufacturing efficiency.
We have already seen that the overall equipment efficiency, usually referred to as OEE, relies on three factors: performance, quality and availability. The lack of maintenance can undermine all of these factors:
- performance, if production is progressively slower;
- quality, meaning an increase in defective units;
- availability, if the equipment fails and there’s an increase in downtime.
You can see how maintenance is crucial to ensure that everything works at full capacity. That, in turn, translates into more revenue, more satisfied customers and, yes, happier bosses too.
More reliable forecasts.
Whether you’re making inventory, manufacturing, or downtime forecasts, you need your equipment to be reliable. That is, the lower the likelihood of failures, the more precise your predictions will be. Otherwise, your estimates will not be realistic and one mistake will lead to another.
Because it’s impossible to avoid all failures, the best strategy is to avoid those you can, in fact, prevent. Once again, this implies rigorous preventive maintenance in all the assets that are essential to your business as well as those that present the highest safety risks. A great CMMS will help you keep track of your maintenance plan and executing it will never be a headache again!