5 Essential Steps for Preventive Maintenance: A Guide for Businesses

Protecting and improving the value of your assets is essential for any business. With Iota's Internet of Things solutions, Time-based Maintenance (TBM), you can ensure that your equipment is running smoothly and efficiently. Preventive maintenance is a proactive approach to managing your assets, helping to prevent equipment failure before it occurs and reduce the risk of accidents. Preventive maintenance activities vary depending on the type of equipment being maintained.

Common tasks include regular cleaning, lubrication, parts replacement, and repairs. Inspections, calibrations, lubrications, adjustments, cleaning, or replacement of parts are all part of preventive maintenance. As these activities are carried out, workers document the condition of an asset to determine when future maintenance may be necessary. If you know that production is about to run out, it's important to work with your supplier to keep chemicals and spare parts in stock. This type of preventive maintenance is especially relevant to manufacturing, food production plants, and the electrical and energy industry.

Predictive maintenance allows maintenance managers to predict when system downtime may occur based on previous patterns and schedule maintenance tasks to reduce accidents on critical operating equipment. If reactive maintenance is still performed on a high frequency, even though you are investing in preventive maintenance, you will need to increase the amount of that maintenance. Calendar-based inspections of facility equipment can represent one of the most important preventive maintenance tasks routinely scheduled by maintenance managers. A growing number of organizations are using both preventive maintenance and predictive maintenance to keep machines running.

Creating a Preventive Maintenance Plan

Preventive maintenance software simplifies the process of coordinating a preventive maintenance program and makes it achievable for any company that wants to improve its overall maintenance operations. It prioritizes maintenance tasks and collects the information a technician needs to perform maintenance work.

Real-time data information allows your maintenance team to schedule preventive maintenance using the right type of preventive maintenance. Creating a good preventive maintenance plan consists of adjusting the frequency of maintenance to schedule a preventive maintenance task only when necessary. This makes preventive maintenance cost-effective for manufacturing companies; the benefits are always worth it. Preventive maintenance refers to regular, routine maintenance to help keep equipment up and running, avoiding any unplanned downtime and costly costs derived from an unforeseen equipment failure.

Using Preventive Maintenance Software

Many companies choose preventive maintenance software to coordinate all of their preventive maintenance tasks because it simplifies what would otherwise be a complex process. It helps collect and organize this information so that it is easily available to maintenance technicians.

Using a preventive maintenance plan as a guide keeps the team focused on the task and ensures that maintenance is performed when needed.

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