Preventative maintenance improves equipment performance and safety, but having a scheduled plan is key.
With a preventative maintenance plan, equipment can be shut down to coincide with scheduled production breaks. Required parts, supplies and personnel can be gathered in advance to minimize repair time. Maintenance also reduces the likelihood of unexpected repairs.
Unplanned, reactive maintenance, however, often carries overhead costs that could have been avoided with a proactive, preventative plan. The cost of unplanned maintenance includes lost production and increased parts and shipping costs, as well as time lost to responding to emergencies and diagnosing faults while equipment isn’t working.
– Nabeel Jaitapker, M.A., Bell and Howell