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Combining Planned, Preventative and Responsive Maintenance For A Three-Pronged Approach

I think I have made it pretty clear by now that relying solely on a responsive approach to maintenance is never a good idea. Combining planned, preventative and responsive maintenance is imperative to the Effective day-to-day running of your business.

There are so many reasons why this is a beneficial strategy including those that I have already discussed. In order to properly care for your company’s assets, a three-pronged approach is vital; not to mention that this is almost always the most cost-effective method.

Where your large business has a lot of high-value or large equipment, it’s really essential that these pieces have regular scheduled maintenance if they’re going to run smoothly. This might include inspections and other low-level maintenance which will result in far fewer breakdowns with costly repairs.

Where lower-value equipment is concerned, it may be more cost-effective to have a responsive strategy in place. This can apply to things like low-temperature water heaters and fans.

In short, you need to look at the value of a piece of equipment and how much it would cost to have it repaired in the event of a breakdown. Where the cost of repairs would be more than scheduled preventative maintenance, it’s always better to have a planned schedule in place. Waiting for failure will only result in a greater cost.

Of course, if the equipment repairs won’t cost as much as a preventative schedule then these pieces would be included in your responsive approach. There are many benefits to this which include:

  • A lower upfront cost since you won’t need to pay for someone to perform planned maintenance where it may not be necessary. It is, of course, worth mentioning once again that only taking this approach will likely end up being less cost effective but for some pieces of equipment, it could be beneficial.
  • You’ll require fewer people to perform maintenance than you would with a planned schedule as you’ll only need to call on them in the event of a breakdown.
  • There won’t be any need to plan schedules as there is with preventative maintenance which requires you to allocate some downtime to the equipment in order for it to be inspected, have parts replaced and other maintenance performed.

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