Maintenance is important in keeping your company’s equipment working and performing effectively for as long as possible. It is associated with downtime and cost, so there are times that it is put off and avoided to maximize profit as well as the production of the company. But this neglect can be detrimental and could cause serious damage in the long run. Thus, it is important to have maintenance.
There are two types of maintenance done in companies: planned preventive and reactive maintenance. It is important to distinguish the difference between the two, to know which one your company needs.
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Preventive maintenance tackles issues before they occur. This type of maintenance aims to reduce the chances of unexpected equipment failures. It may include cleaning, part replacement, and thorough inspection of the equipment. Doing this type of maintenance detects and corrects problems before they become bigger and more damaging problems.
Reactive maintenance, on the other hand, is a kind of maintenance that is done after the equipment is broken down. This could cost hundreds or thousands of dollars to repair and keep the equipment. In the past, companies would often conduct maintenance in this manner.
There are times that a building’s equipment such as office dishwashers and office microwaves, and essentials like sinks and toilets would suddenly break down and fail to do their work. This is where reactive maintenance is done.
Reactive maintenance is where the reason for the fault (in case something goes wrong) is immediately investigated and repairs or replacements are carried out. It is sometimes referred to as breakdown maintenance and run-to-fail maintenance. It is maintenance performed and done when the equipment is already broken.
Usually, this type of maintenance involves part replacement or replacement of the machine. Though most of the time, thorough cleaning and removal of dust and other particles solve the equipment problem.
Small reactive maintenance such as thorough cleaning and battery replacements could be done by your regular employees. However, doing reactive maintenance on a bigger scale, such as tackling heavier and larger machines, should be done by specialists.
It may appear that reactive maintenance is full of risks, including the cost. However, there are still a number of advantages of reactive maintenance that you should consider.
Here are the advantages of having reactive maintenance:
Despite the different pros, there are a lot more cons to consider with reactive maintenance.
Here are the disadvantages of having reactive maintenance:
There are three different kinds of reactive maintenance: emergency maintenance, breakdown maintenance, and corrective maintenance.
This is a kind of reactive maintenance that is done immediately to keep a machine or an asset operational or for safety issues.
A kind of reactive maintenance that is done on a repairable machine that has broken down. Maintenance is done to spare the machine from further damage.
It is a kind of reactive maintenance that is done on machines with minor issues. If it is seen that there are elements that could be improved or repaired, they are fixed immediately to improve general operations.
At this point, you may have concluded that reactive maintenance is unnecessary and having planned preventive maintenance is a much better choice. Still, there are few situations wherein reactive maintenance remains the best choice. This applies to cases of nonessential equipment.
These failures are:
In essence, reactive maintenance could be used on equipment that is non-essential and is an easy fix. Common examples of these are lightbulbs, hand sanitizers, and handheld vacuums.
Having maintenance is a must in every workplace. It is important to keep things working efficiently for a long period of time. It is at the discretion of the company as to what kind of maintenance it needs – it may be reactive or preventive maintenance, as long as it solves the problem.
In selecting the type of maintenance, it is best that you look into the difference between both and find out which is best for the situation your company is in.
For more information about reactive maintenance, contact us.
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