Time-based maintenance (TBM)Free guide to preventive maintenance
What is time-based maintenance?
Time-based maintenance (TBM) is maintenance performed on equipment based on a calendar schedule. This means that time is the maintenance trigger for this type of maintenance.
TBM maintenance is planned maintenance, as it must be scheduled in advance. This means that it can be used with both predictive maintenance and preventative maintenance.
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How it works
Time-based maintenance is performed on a calendar schedule. A maintenance plan for a piece of equipment is put together that needs to be performed regularly. An example is the maintenance that is done on an air-conditioner every year before summer. With the maintenance plan in place, the maintenance is performed each time the calendar rolls over the specified number of days.
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