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5 essentials of a preventive maintenance program

How managers can move their organization from reactive emergencies to planned activities

by Andy Gager — Studies have shown that in a culture of reactive maintenance, organizations are spending three to four times more than planned activities. In some instances, significantly more based on the consequence of the failure. How many times have facility managers heard someone say, “That’s the way it’s always been,” or “I understand what you’re saying, but we’re different.” These are the wrong responses. Instead, departments need to be moving from reactive to a culture of preventive maintenance.

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This e-book outlines five essential components of a preventive maintenance program and how to move the facility from reactive emergencies to planned activities. Keep in mind that preventive maintenance alone is not likely to provide a world-class maintenance program. It must be combined with other maintenance strategies to optimize your efforts and results. Preventive maintenance then, is defined as performing regularly scheduled maintenance activities to help prevent unexpected failures in the future.

Best practice for any preventive maintenance (PM) program is when time-based maintenance activities are warranted. The ratios of preventive work verse predictive maintenance versus corrective activities varies widely based on the industry and facility, but following these five essential principles will allow the end user to achieve higher performance and reliability from their assets.

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