FastMaint CMMS Software - Maintenance Management Software - From $995
Equipment & Facility Maintenance Work Order Software For Utilities, Manufacturing Plants, Industrial & Commercial Facilities

Want to share this?
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

maintenance worker with maintenance calendar

Preventive maintenance is low on the totem pole!

Working with operations to schedule preventive maintenance on vital equipment & facilities can become a challenge for maintenance  managers. Breakdown maintenance is a priority since equipment needs to be up and running again. However, regular preventive maintenance is essential to keep equipment running smoothly and within operational parameters. Sadly doing such maintenance frequently falls low on the list. Maintenance departments are usually overextended dealing with breakdowns. Shutting down critical machinery will cause production backlogs or other operational issues. This makes it hard to convince operations staff to do a shut down just for planned maintenance.

Plan preventive maintenance for shutdown periods

Different equipment have different maintenance cycles. Ideally we want all of the different maintenance tasks to occur as close together as possible. This will reduce equipment downtime while maintenance is being done. Many organizations plan a maintenance shutdown period usually during holiday seasons. During this shutdown, major maintenance work can be completed with minimal impact to operations. Many equipment are on different preventive maintenance cycles. This can make it difficult to ensure that all needed maintenance falls within the narrow window of the shutdown period.

Use an equipment maintenance calendar

Many maintenance software programs allow you to create an equipment maintenance calendar. This will be a report or a display on the screen. Using this calendar it is possible to see several months ahead. You can find what preventive maintenance is due for different equipment. Armed with such a calendar you can make changes to the schedule settings for each preventive maintenance task.  This will help get as many maintenance jobs as possible to fall within the shutdown period.

equipment maintenance calendar

Have a look at “7 Tips To Plan Equipment Preventive Maintenance” for additional tips.

Need CMMS software to create your maintenance calendar?

You can download a free 30-day trial of our FastMaint CMMS. Downloading and installing it should take only a few minutes. Import in your equipment from comma delimited files or Microsoft Excel spreadsheets. Set up your maintenance jobs. Then try out the equipment maintenance calendar report and see how useful it can be.

Download CMMS Software

 


Want to share this?
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

3 Responses to Maintenance calendars and scheduling preventive maintenance

  • However the way to do maintenance depends of criteria in every companies. This criteria is associated with the cost of the break down.
    If the cost per hour is very low in comparison with the cost of the operation then we could establish how good Idea or better practice.
    But, if its cost is very high in comparison with operations cost, the perspective is totally different, because in this case we could lose the customer , the time, and the opportunity to establish new business.
    The maintenance is very important to keep the business over wheels and forward.
    The question would be What is the better way to establish the criteria for the maintenance of the equipment?Leonardo

    • Leonardo this is an interesting point. Generally the cost of having critical equipment breakdown is much more than the cost of keeping them running. So it is better to try and get preventive maintenance of such equipment scheduled first when planning a maintenance shutdown. You usually have more freedom to schedule maintenance on less critical equipment.

  • That’s a good tip to schedule equipment maintenance periods close together. That way you don’t waste too much time only disabling one piece at a time. I bet maintenance managers spend a lot of time planning the most efficient times to do maintenance.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *