What is a Planned Maintenance Program?
A Planned Maintenance Program is a schedule of Planned Maintenance actions aimed at the prevention of breakdowns and failures. The primary goal of a Planned Maintenance Program is to prevent costly failures of equipment before it actually occurs. It is designed to preserve and enhance equipment reliability by replacing worn components before they fail. Planned maintenance activities include equipment checks, partial or complete overhauls at specified periods, oil changes, lubrication, and etc.
In addition, Galgon HVAC & Mechanical Qualified Service Technicians can record equipment deterioration so they know to replace or repair worn parts before they cause system failure and downtime. The ideal Planned Maintenance Program would prevent all equipment failure before it occurs.
The objective is to be proactive, NOT reactive!
Value of Planned Maintenance Programs
There are multiple misconceptions about a Planned Maintenance Program. One such misconception is that planned maintenance is unduly costly. This logic dictates that it would cost more for regularly scheduled downtime and maintenance than it would normally cost to operate equipment until repair is absolutely necessary.
This may be true for some components; however, one should compare not only the costs but the long-term benefits and savings associated with a Planned Maintenance Program.
Without a Planned Maintenance Program, for example, costs for lost production time, customer dissatisfaction and patient discomfort will be incurred from unscheduled equipment breakdown. Also, a Planned Maintenance Program will result in savings due to an increase of effective system service life and Customer Satisfaction.
The long-term benefits of a Planned Maintenance Program include:
- Improved system reliability.
- Decreased cost of replacement.
- Decreased system downtime.
- Increased customer satisfaction.
Long-term effects and cost comparisons usually favor Planned Maintenance Programs over performing maintenance actions only when the system fails.