Maintenance in an organization

Maintenance is a long-term strategy that plans for a disaster before it happens. With preventive maintenance, the business fixes minor failures before something worse happens. This approach saves many costs in the long run. It can be scheduled based on time, for example, every month, or output-based. For instance, the technicians must service the machinery after five production cycles. Predictive maintenance is not reactionary but is a proactive approach.

Why do you need to implement preventive maintenance in your company?

The proliferation of the Industrial Internet of Things ( IIoT) has led to most industries using the form of preventive maintenance for increased productivity and efficiency in their processes. Companies have taken the approach of investing in artificial intelligent maintenance software for enhanced predictivity. 

Reactive maintenance programs are costly in that reacting when a problem occurs results in increased downtime costs, loss of production, tight shipping deadlines and wasted resources and time spent on trying to fix the problem. It is an unsafe working environment for workers. Machinery can break down at any moment, resulting in less productivity and safety levels. Following after, when the assets break down, technicians must resolve the issue quickly for the business not to lose chunks of money. 

The benefits of preventive maintenance exceed those of reactive measures. Most organizations that have adapted to this approach have measured higher levels of ROI. An article cited; manufacturers lose up to $50billion due to unplanned downtime. Additionally, the extended lifetime of assets and the reduced risk of failure for businesses that use preventive measures are vital benefits of preventative maintenance. Overall, equipment performance is optimized as well as the productivity of the employees. 

How to put it into practice?

 Proactive techniques are the key to a balanced maintenance roadmap. The three main components that are pivotal in a balanced plan include; people, the technology used and the process map. The fundamental role people play in every organization is unmatched in manufacturing companies. People make things work. To implement proactive measures effectively, the stakeholders need to be agile thinkers and problem solvers. Secondly, the processes should provide an efficient and standardized way of operations.

Lastly, the maintenance technology tool is a device that allows you to bring your team closer to one another and provide the information that is needed to help preventive maintenance succeed. It can help you stay clear of some of the time-wasting activities that could undermine your preventative maintenance program, such as sifting through forms on paper, receiving work-related requests while walking through the hall, or continually writing and revising plans.

Integrating the three components makes an efficient procedure. However, a proactive approach such as this requires time. Your process flow moves from reactionary to predictive systems. It does not happen in a day. Before setting out the process for the organization, ensure you have enough stakeholder buy-in. You need everyone to be on board to provide a seamless process. Once you’ve identified the KPIs used to measure your project’s success, it’s time to establish an approach to measure these indicators consistently. Statistics are only helpful if you’re always using them to enhance your prevention and maintenance program. It is crucial to develop processes and procedures to ensure that information is collected, analyzed, interpreted, and then acted upon frequently. So, you’ll be able to determine if you’re reaching your objectives and what the strengths and weaknesses are.

Conclusion

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