In the world of facility management, there are typically two types of maintenance: preventative and reactive. The former is almost always going to be more cost-effective. In fact, there really is no such thing as a “reactive maintenance plan”; the very nature of reactive maintenance means it’s done on a contingent basis.
The primary cost of a reactive maintenance plan comes from the fact that things requiring reactive repair are necessarily more vital and therefore more expensive to fix. Moreover, the urgency of fixing them means that the labor will be more expensive. Vital equipment failure can cause business downtime, which is costly and disruptive.
Counting on reactive maintenance leaves the facility manager flying blind with regard to the state of his equipment, which is a nightmare for a profession that relies on good data. If the first sign that a piece of machinery isn’t working well is its catastrophic failure, mistakes have been made.
Reactive maintenance plans only deal with problems as they happen. It is always more efficient to prevent such situations from happening in the first place. To learn about how MaintenX can help you create and execute a preventative maintenance plan, please contact us anytime.