What is preventive maintenance, and how does it cut unplanned downtime?
Preventive maintenance (also called “PM” or “preventative maintenance”) reduces machine failures and extends equipment life by performing regular machinery check-ups to keep equipment in top condition—effectively preventing issues before they arise. And while the value and importance of preventive maintenance is generally understood across the manufacturing industry, the challenging part is implementing an effective PM program that lasts long-term.
A “run to failure” environment is chaotic. Machines stop with little or no warning while maintenance technicians run from problem to problem. Schedules are missed, deliveries are delayed and costs continue to rise. You know you should be performing preventive maintenance, but there’s never enough time.
Many facilities have a preventive maintenance program in place, but fail to realize the expected benefits. Perhaps they’re not doing enough, or they’re doing the wrong type of preventive maintenance service. Regular oil and filter changes are good, but they won’t detect bigger issues.
An effective preventative maintenance plan extends mean-time-between-failures (MTBF), raises overall equipment effectiveness (OEE), increases capacity and allows production to meet their schedules. There’s less need for overtime, costs are controlled and stress levels are lowered. Morale improves when people can focus on business needs rather than fighting fires. Almost every operation has tried to implement a preventive maintenance program. The challenge is in making it stick.
You’ll often hear, “There’s no time for PM maintenance,” and that’s often true when facing a massive backlog. This is where ATS can help.
Whether you have an existing preventive maintenance program or you need one developed, our industry-leading team of experts will review what you are doing, collect, analyze and leverage the data to identify the changes necessary for increased uptime and OEE. Our skilled maintenance technicians will then get to work, executing your preventive maintenance plan and delivering measurable results.
We understand preventive maintenance is a challenge and are here to provide you the leadership and expertise to succeed.