Maintenance strategies

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Preventive maintenance

Preventive maintenance is maintenance that is regularly performed on a piece of equipment in working condition to prevent unplanned failure or breakdown maintenance. Preventive maintenance is a cornerstone of increased asset reliability, reduced downtime, and maximized resources.

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Reactive maintenance

Reactive maintenance is maintenance performed when a piece of equipment has broken down and needs to be restored so that it functions normally again. Reactive maintenance usually gets a bad rap, but it can, in fact, be part of a sophisticated, well-balanced, maintenance strategy with careful analysis and planning.

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Reliability centred maintenance

Reliability centred maintenance is a strategy used to optimize a company’s maintenance program by creating a specific plan for maintaining each of its assets. Reliability centred maintenance aims to reduce costs, improve safety, and eliminate inefficient tasks by avoiding a one-size-fits-all approach to maintenance.

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Predictive maintenance

The aim of predictive maintenance is to predict when equipment failure might occur and prevent failure by performing maintenance. Ideally, predictive maintenance allows the frequency of maintenance to be low enough to prevent unplanned maintenance without incurring the cost of doing too much preventive maintenance.

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Evaluating maintenance strategies

The four most common maintenance strategies are run-to-failure, preventive, predictive, and reliability centred maintenance. Deciding which strategy works best in different scenarios and with different assets is crucial for optimizing asset health and maximizing resources. When used in the right combination, these four strategies can help take your facility to the next level.

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Total productive maintenance

Total productive maintenance is a maintenance strategy that encourages everyone in a facility to participate in maintenance. Its goal is to incorporate maintenance into the day-to-day activities of a facility to ensure any potential problems are addressed before they become bigger issues and affect production.

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Risk-based maintenance

Risk-based maintenance is a maintenance strategy used to determine the most economical use of maintenance resources. This strategy allocates resources based on which assets would have the biggest negative impact on a facility if they were to fail. Its goal is to optimize maintenance efforts across facilities and minimize the risk and impact of failure.

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Repair or replace equipment

There are a number of factors to consider when deciding whether to repair or replace a piece of equipment. Asset data is one of the most important ingredients in making the best choice and ensuring your facility benefits in both the short and long-term. Understanding what data to look for, how to capture it, and what to do with it is crucial for saving money and boosting reliability.

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No maintenance strategy

It may sound bizarre, but having no plan for maintenance can actually work out for the best in certain scenarios. On the other hand, not having a strategy can lead to disastrous consequences. Understanding the difference between the two is vital to making sure your facility uses money, parts, and labour as effectively as possible while ensuring maximum uptime.

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Planned maintenance

Planned maintenance refers to any maintenance activity that is planned, documented, and scheduled. The aim is to reduce downtime by having all necessary resources on hand (such as labour and parts) and a strategy to use these resources. Understanding the ins and outs of planned maintenance is integral to asset health and maintenance efficiency.

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Evidence based asset management

Evidence-based asset management is a logical approach to maximize the return on investment from physical assets. It’s the science of decisionmaking and optimizing asset management processes with data and clearly defined decision criteria. This strategy impacts component replacement, inspection decisions, capital equipment replacement, and resource requirements.

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Unplanned maintenance

Unplanned maintenance is any maintenance task that’s not anticipated and has no formal process in place for completing it. Unplanned maintenance is unavoidable — it happens in every facility. Knowing how to manage unplanned maintenance when it does happen is key to fixing problems fast and keeping their impact as low as possible.

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Run to failure

Run-to-failure is a maintenance strategy that allows assets to run until they break down. No maintenance is performed prior to failure. This strategy can be an effective part of a balanced maintenance program. However, knowing which assets do best with a run-to-fail method is crucial for reducing costs while ensuring production isn’t negatively impacted.

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