What Are the Benefits of Preventive Maintenance Vs. Corrective Maintenance?

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Many maintenance managers still dedicate most of their time and resources on corrective maintenance and tend to ignore the benefits that preventive maintenance can bring to their companies.

Although the concepts of both corrective and preventive maintenance are a standard part of the daily routine for maintenance managers, many still see preventive maintenance as an unnecessary additional cost, which is simply not true. In fact, preventive maintenance, when well planned, can comprehensively reduce the overall maintenance costs and increase the productivity of equipment and facilities.

As many will know, corrective maintenance is usually performed after the occurrence of a malfunction or failure in a equipment. However, a significant number of these failures could be avoided if the maintenance manager were to carry out the necessary measures of preventive maintenance.

Through preventive maintenance, technicians and maintenance managers can reduce the degradation rate of their equipment. This extends the lifespan of devices and removes the need for corrective interventions, whilst also saving on high costs and ensuring that all equipment works to keep customers content.

Corrective Maintenance is always going to be necessary, but relying on it may not be a good idea. It will be a large dent in your maintenance budget as it could lead to machinery going through prolonged periods of inactivity, and can even spiral into complete inactivity of a production line, hotel room or other services.

The main advantage of having a preventive maintenance plan is the ability to forecast these problems, allowing you to timely replace used components or to make more effort to preserve and restore all parts that are still in use. To support you implement your preventive maintenance plan, you could use a piece of management software, such as Infraspeak, to improve your ability to:

  • Improve the technical and operational condition of equipment;
  • Reduce the degradation rate of equipment;
  • Reduce the risk of equipment failure;
  • Program a schedule for prevention work;
  • Perform repairs that are crucial to the longevity of your operations;
  • Reduce costs;
  • Extend the life of equipment;
  • Reduce the impact on the client/user;

A preventive maintenance plan is ideal when a maintenance manager can prevent any malfunction of their equipment or can, at least, predict and plan for this failure so it has the least possible impact on their users.