Preventive maintenance is low on the totem pole!
Working with operations to create a preventive maintenance schedule for 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 limits.
Sadly doing such maintenance usually falls low on the list. Maintenance departments are often 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 a preventive maintenance schedule 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.
Have a look at “7 Tips To Plan Equipment Preventive Maintenance” for additional tips.
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