For any infrastructure to be efficient, it is important to have a well implemented maintenance plan to ensure daily operations run smoothly. One part of that is incorporating elements of preventive maintenance, read on to find out what this and how it can benefit your company or hotel.

What is preventive maintenance?

Preventive maintenance can be defined as a sequence of steps and measures that are taken in order to prevent the occurrence of failures and to better monitor the performance of an operation.

Preventive work should be performed cyclically and be clearly defined in a well structured plan created by the manager based on the individual needs of the infrastructure and equipment.

In order to manage the time-pressure of carrying out preventive tasks, it is important to maximise the efficiency of communication channels within and between teams as well as ensuring your techicians are well managed and know what they are doing at all times. For preventive maintenance to work, your team must adjust away from relying entirely on corrective maintenance, i.e, the resolution of failures after they are reported.

What are the most common preventive maintenance interventions?

A maintenance plan may include measurement routines to gauge the operation of a particular piece of equipment. Other tasks may include cleaning, lubrication, inspections, calibrations and the replacement of worn components.

What are the main advantages of preventive maintenance?

  • Equipment will be more efficient.Technicians and managers can have more faith that equipment will function smoothly and with out complications.
  • Savings on your resources.  One example of how preventive maintenance can save you money is when a device is faulty. Any piece of equipment that is showing signs of wear and tear or is approaching the end of its usability, there is a good chance it will be using far more energy than it is worth. By implementing periodic reviews, you can better prepare for these situations and make more informed decisions on whether to replace this device or to continue with reparation works.
  • Longer lasting equipment. As well as helping you to save money on faulty equipment, implementing preventive maintenance can extend the life of functioning equipment by keeping all parts in good working order.
  • Full and accurate information on operations. Preventive maintenance provides the manager with access to more holistic information on operations such as on consumption and income. This can help to make well informed decisions, such as when it comes to opening new equipment.
  • The creation of a Preventive Maintenance Plan (PMP). Another advantage is the integration of a preventive maintenance plan. This generates an annual calendar (or biannual/triennial, depending on the preferences of management) which helps to schedule a events for the coming months.
  • A more motivated and efficient team. Having better organised progression plans and a more transparent system to reward strong performance will help to motivate your team and encourage yet more improvement. It is far more satisfying to see everything working than to constantly be rectifying failure after failure.

By investing just a small amount of time into implementing preventive maintenance, managers can save considerably more time and money on annual plans, certifications, equipment warranties, and team calendars. Utilising a software solution such as Infraspeak can help you to optimise your work strategy and reap the best possible rewards from your team’s hard work.