Preventative maintenance is a popular maintenance strategy because it brings a lot of benefits while, at the same time, isn’t particularly hard or expensive to implement.
That being said, preventive maintenance does have its downsides.
One of the most cited objections is that implementing it means you will be doing excessive maintenance. In other words, your technicians will spend time inspecting and maintaining assets that might not (yet) require that level of attention.
If we dig a little deeper, we will see that this leads to a bigger issue. When you are doing preventive work on an asset, in a lot of cases, that asset needs to be shut down first.
As nobody wants to shut down an asset during peak production times or for a maintenance work that doesn’t have to be done yet, let’s see how you can develop a maintenance schedule that takes into account those challenges and minimizes planned downtime.