3 Main Types Of Maintenance Strategies (Side-by-side Comparison)
While there are a lot of different types of maintenance strategies out there, most discussions about which method you should implement come down to comparing reactive vs. preventive vs. predictive maintenance.
If you are or were a part of this debate, you’re probably aware that the answer isn’t always that obvious.
Predictive maintenance is the best strategy on paper, but that doesn’t mean it is the best fit for every organization or every asset.
Comparison graphs (Implementation cost and difficulty, Potential ROI, Dependency on CMMS, sensors, and training)
How to choose the right strategy
We hope it gives you a practical introduction to this topic and serves as a good starting point for deciding which types of maintenance you want to implement in your facility.
Reactive vs preventive vs predictive maintenance
One thing people often get wrong is thinking that reactive maintenance isn’t really a strategy because it doesn’t involve any proactive maintenance planning.
But that is the wrong way to think about it.
Just because you are reactive, that doesn’t mean you can’t also be strategic and organized about it.
You still want to ensure that the breakdowns are fixed as soon as possible to minimize the downtime and associated costs. This means you need to have a way to track available spare parts, quickly communicate changes in task priority, can stay on top of pending maintenance activities, and track essential maintenance KPIs like failure metrics.
That being said, reactive maintenance is never the right approach to maintaining essential assets. The risk is too significant as the cost of unexpected breakdowns can be a downfall of even substantial corporations.
Since it doesn’t have complicated or expensive implementation requirements, preventive maintenance is often the go-to option for every business that wants to reduce the long-term costs of their maintenance operations and stay competitive in the market.
However, as technology improves, businesses can look to further optimize their maintenance operations with predictive maintenance by eliminating some of the disadvantages of preventive maintenance (like excessive maintenance).
But predictive maintenance isn’t without its flaws. Expensive condition-monitoring equipment that is complicated to install and specialized training you need to perform it effectively are still obstacles many organizations are not ready to tackle.
The good news is that the price of condition monitoring sensors is starting to go down, making it accessible to a wider array of organizations.
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