What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Corrective Maintenance?

Advantages of corrective maintenance

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Conducting effective maintenance on equipment is essential, whether your company is big or small and irrespective of what industry you work in. But do you know what the right maintenance strategies are for you and when you should adopt each one?

In this article we outline the advantages and disadvantages of Corrective Maintenance to help you get a better understanding of what’s available to your business and if/when it might fit your model.

As readers of our blog will know, it is crucial to try to prevent technical issues by taking Preventive Maintenance measures (check our previous post), however in the event of an unexpected failure, we still need to try our best to solve them. Corrective maintenance is the technical activity carried out after a failure has occurred and aims to restore a broken asset or device to full working condition either by repairing it, or in the event that it cannot be fixed, by replacing it.

What are the advantages?

  • Lower short-term costs: Due to it’s reactive nature, there are very few administrative or financial costs involved until something goes wrong. If everything remains functional, you don’t pay anything!
  • Minimal planning required:  Corrective maintenance consists of very targeted action on specific components of installations or devices that are faulty. It requires very limited complex planning.
  • Simpler process: The process is easy to understand, since you only need to take action when some kind of problem occurs.
  • Best solution in some cases: There will be times when the amount of time and money invested in preventive maintenance planning and strategy will be a lot more than the simple ‘stop and repair costs’ of corrective maintenance.

What are the disadvantages?

  • Unpredictability: Relying on corrective maintenance can be problematic if equipment is not monitored after purchase, leading to more failures which are highly unpredictable and whose cause is unknown.
  • Paused operations: Unexpected failures may be slowed down by not being able to access materials which may lead to increased periods of inactivity
  • Equipment not maximized: This approach doesn’t protect or look after equipment and therefore reduces the lifetime of the assets. It simply fixes the asset on a short term basis.
  • Higher long-term costs: Corrective maintenance is applied when it is believed that the stop and repair costs in case of failure will be less than the investment required for planned maintenance. But this doesn’t always happen. When a more serious failure occurs, it can be an extremely costly and slow process  to fix. Large periods of inactivity have negative effects on reputation, client satisfaction, safety and on the ability to run a business efficiently and productively.

Learn more about this and other maintenance-related subjects on Infraspeak’s Complete Guide to Maintenance!

Conclusions:

Most professionals do not consider the advantages of corrective maintenance, but it is important to recognise that in certain cases, it is not only advisable but actually important. In the event that an asset of limited importance becomes faulty, the costs involved in simply ‘repairing’ it will be considerably lower than trying to conduct a full investigation using preventive methodology. For equipment that is not crucial to the running of your operations, a more direct, reactionary approach may be better.

There are many times when the best way to optimise the operational performance of an asset is to simply report and solve the issue there and then. Corrective maintenance can be supported by automated technician assignments, reports being accessible to all members of staff and simple information such as knowing whether a failure has been treated before. All these tools and many more can be found on Infraspeak’s app.

The main problems associated to corrective maintenance only become relevant in the event that they are not partnered with measures of preventive maintenance. Our experience, based largely on feedback from our clients, shows that the best results are achieved when both methods are employed together in tandem

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