The Importance Of Planning Your Maintenance Schedule

Most business managers still view maintenance work as a reactive service. The “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” mentality is pervasive in business culture, and for good reason. Accruing expenses based on predicted problems take away financial resources from other strategies to fuel long-term growth. Maintenance simply upholds the status quo, and therefore logically should be invested in minimally in comparison to R&D, marketing, and other essential business operations.

At MaintenX, we believe this mindset should be challenged. There are many benefits to planned preventative maintenance that can save you time, money, and resources. Maintaining your facility’s equipment and building as a whole can provide long-term benefits for minimal upfront costs. Here’s how:

Planned preventative maintenance fosters a safer, more productive environment. 

A planned maintenance schedule produces a safer work environment in two ways. When equipment is regularly serviced, there is a reduced chance for major equipment malfunctions that lead to safety hazards. If your workers must use heavy machinery, they will be safer if it is properly maintained and screened for error. Planned maintenance is also safer for your maintenance staff to perform than unplanned maintenance. 

Safety isn’t the only concern, however. Studies have shown that labor productivity in manufacturing sites can increase by up to 60% when equipment is well-maintained and performing optimally. This increase dramatically changes your scope of work, the goals you can achieve, and profitability throughout the year.  

Planned maintenance can help you reduce future maintenance costs. 

Planned preventative maintenance can help you reduce expensive reactive maintenance costs that result from equipment failure. In most cases this logic is uncontested, yet many managers still fail to invest in preventative maintenance. Reframing this idea as a competitive advantage, however, has changed the minds of many to reinvest in their maintenance staffing. 

When you schedule preventative maintenance, you can analyze data for future maintenance planning. The ability to collect data on maintenance services can help you better predict maintenance budgeting for the short and long-term. This allows you to reduce costs where possible and prevent errors that will increase reactive maintenance costs.

Your maintenance team understands your facility needs better than your in-house staff. 

Most workers on the floor do not need to understand the intricate ins and outs of facility equipment. Those working in offices certainly do not need to understand the maintenance requirements of key machinery in order to perform job functions. However, this lack of maintenance knowledge can put your facility at a disadvantage if you do not have a competent maintenance staff to provide routine checks.  

Rather than relying on your staff to put in maintenance requests, ask your maintenance staff to develop a schedule that is dynamic, preventative, and efficient. The team at MaintenX works directly with facility managers and staff to develop preventative maintenance plans to fit your needs. 

Contact MaintenX to learn more about our preventative maintenance services!

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