Planned maintenance has become a strategic necessity in today’s competitive and fast-paced business world.
It can offer a host of benefits that directly impact your workplace and outcomes. Implementing a proactive maintenance strategy can help to optimise your business’ performance and revenue and prevent equipment breakdowns and unexpected repair costs. Planned maintenance also develops a safety culture by identifying potential hazards and ensuring compliance with relevant regulations.
Planned maintenance can enhance overall operational efficiency and productivity, creating a smooth workflow. By recognising the importance of planned maintenance and allocating resources accordingly, you can increase your business’ success and sustainability.
Planned maintenance can make or break a business. Find out why it is so important and how we can help. Contact our team at First Class Facilities Management for personalised information.
Seven Reasons For Planned Maintenance
1. Extends the lifespan of your equipment
Well-maintained equipment tends to have a longer lifespan. By implementing planned maintenance, you can ensure that your assets operate at their best by reducing and preventing wear and tear and operational issues. This, in turn, can save you money on equipment replacements that could be required sooner than expected.
Furthermore, equipment that is properly maintained operates more efficiently, which means they consume less energy. If your equipment’s energy efficiency is maintained, you can avoid increasing energy bills.
2. Prevents major issues
We’ve heard the saying: prevention is better than cure. When it comes to business operations, it stands true. Regularly planned maintenance helps identify and address potential problems before they turn into significant reactive issues. Addressing small problems early on can prevent a much bigger job that involves costly resources and repairs or replacements.
For example, if we perform a thorough cleaning and assessment of gutters every six months, it will cost less than if there is water ingress and wall repairs are required at short notice.
Likewise, if you have one carpet tile that is showing damage such as mould or wear and tear, it is a less costly job to replace the individual tile than to replace multiple when the damage expands.
3. Maintains workplace productivity
Equipment downtime in your workplace can significantly slow down the speed at which tasks and projects are carried out. This can impact your business outcomes by disrupting operations and project schedules, potentially causing customer dissatisfaction and decreasing revenue.
Planned maintenance can minimise unscheduled disruptions, allowing your operations to run smoothly. It can also reduce the time a repair or replacement job may take in the long run if required.
It can also reduce the number of times we may need to return to our workplace, decreasing the rate of interruptions. For example, we may have to keep returning to unblock urinals without planned maintenance, which would involve using specific balls that slow down the process of blockages.
4. Reduces the risk of damage and injury
Regular maintenance helps ensure that equipment is functioning safely. By identifying and managing potential safety hazards, you can prevent office and equipment damage, accidents, injuries, and associated costs, such as medical expenses, insurance claims, and potential legal liabilities.
5. Prevents emergency repairs
When equipment breaks or functions less than optimally, it can require emergency repairs. This can be expensive due to the need for immediate attention, such as for blocked gutters, overtime costs, or rush orders for replacement parts. Scheduled maintenance reduces the likelihood of emergency repairs, saving you from these unexpected expenses.
6. Maintains warranty coverage
Many manufacturers require certain maintenance schedules to be adhered to for equipment warranties to remain valid. By doing so, you can preserve your warranty coverage, protecting you from bearing the full cost of repairs or replacements during the warranty period.
7. Allows budgeting
By planning your maintenance, and therefore reducing the need for unexpected callouts and repairs, you can control your expenses more effectively and make informed, unrushed decisions regarding upgrades or replacements.
What Planned Maintenance do we Perform?
Planned or scheduled maintenance is a proactive approach strategy that is crucial for optimal business operations. By avoiding or minimising issues, we can help you retain a safe and well-functioning workplace.
We break planned maintenance down into the following categories:
- Preventative inspection requires regular inspection of equipment for potential problems.
- Time-based maintenance involves a predetermined schedule for activities and tasks to be performed.
- Usage-based maintenance is influenced by the degree to which certain equipment is used. This could be gauged by divisions such as hours or cycles.
- Predictive maintenance involves analytics and sensors to assess equipment and predict breakdowns.
- Prescriptive maintenance predicts breakdowns and also delivers recommendations on how to prevent an imminent breakdown.
- Reliability-centred maintenance incorporates a focus on system function rather than individual parts, working from most critical to least in terms of performance and function.
We can perform a range of services, such as:
- Office and fire risk health and safety assessments
- Fixed wire electrical testing
- Water sampling
- Fire extinguisher contracts and weekly fire bell tests
- Boiler Maintenance
- Lamp Maintenance
- Air conditioning, alarms and CCTV Installations and maintenance
Prevent Unexpected Outcomes with Planned Maintenance
We believe planned maintenance is mandatory if you want to maximise positive outcomes for your business, staff, customers, and equipment. If you want to reduce the risk of breakdowns, unplanned costs, decreased productivity, unmet deadlines, failed warranty coverage, and injuries, contact First Class Facilities Maintenance. We can set up the best plan for your workplace for optimal outcomes.