In any type of large-scale operation, it is important to ensure that the equipment is up and running at any given time. This is also true of smaller operations. If the equipment should happen to go down, it could cause the entire assembly line to grind to a halt, which would be both costly and inconvenient.
Typically, the machinery used within your business can be kept in working order on a consistent basis by either using predictive maintenance or preventative maintenance. As you will learn, there are some significant differences between these two types of maintenance structures and each of them has benefits which can be applied to your company. In addition, it is often a combination of both predictive and preventative maintenance that will help to keep your business up and running at any given time.
In a preventative maintenance schedule, action would need to be taken in order to ensure that any unplanned issues associated with the operation of your business would be less likely to occur. Preventative maintenance can sometimes be referred to as routine maintenance, because it consists of routine procedures, such as cleaning or oil changes. It can help to keep any type of equipment up and running consistently.
Unlike preventative maintenance, predictive maintenance looks at data that is associated with the equipment in your business to determine when it is likely to fail. In order to keep it from reaching that point, maintenance would be done prior to the time it would reach the failure point. An example of predictive maintenance is if you are using a machine with a replaceable part that tends to fail when it is used for a certain amount of hours. Prior to the time when its typical lifespan comes to an end, the part is changed according to your predictive maintenance schedule.
Benefits in both Predictive and Preventative Maintenance
Although there are fundamental differences between these two types of maintenance schedules, both can be used to keep your business operating smoothly at any given time. In fact, it is often a combination of these two which is utilized by successful businesses to avoid downtime and the issues that are associated with it. Preventative maintenance may help you to avoid issues associated with unplanned problems and predictive maintenance will help you to avoid issues associated with planned problems.
In both preventative and predictive maintenance, the use of software is often important in ensuring that everything is operating as smoothly as possible. There may be software that is specific to your type of business, which will alert you to any upcoming problems according to the schedule that you are keeping. Using this type of software can also help you to run any necessary tickets and to ensure that the proper maintenance is done in a timely fashion. It is something that can be incorporated in your business practices for all of the benefits that it provides.