Decentralized vs. Centralized Maintenance

Maintenance is a vital part of running your facility safely and efficiently. It involves things like tracking work orders and assets, as well as making the most of your workforce’s skills and drive to give you the edge in a competitive business space. To do this, you need regular, professional maintenance. But which is better for your facility, centralized or decentralized? Let’s explore the pros and cons of both.

There are some important differences between centralized and decentralized maintenance. For example:

  • Centralized maintenance is done on a fixed schedule, meaning it produces fixed expenses. This means it’s usually more expensive, but also more likely to find and correct problems before they occur.
  • Decentralized maintenance is done in limited areas. Overall productivity can decline with this method, although individual maintenance tasks are carried out in a relatively shorter time.

Centralized Maintenance


  • Full control over organization and implementation
  • Usually a good option for smaller businesses


  • Progress can often be slower
  • Not always a good fit for large companies

Decentralized Maintenance


  • Requires more open communication
  • Can achieve faster results
  • Often a good fit for larger businesses


  • May not get a consistent flow of authority, as there is more than one set of decision makers involved

There’s no one-size-fits-all method for successful maintenance. The method that’s right for you will depend on your industry, size, future trends, and the needs of your particular facility.

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