Preventative Maintenance Best Practices
Among the key best practices of preventative/preventive maintenance program, in any industry, include adoption of an appropriate support system such as computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS), efficient preventative/preventive maintenance scheduling, supplies/parts/qualifying vendors for parts, and equipment analysis and equipment usage.
Preventive maintenance best practices
Adoption of an appropriate support system, such as Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS)
- Choosing the appropriate support system for each company's preventive maintenance needs, such as Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS), has the advantage of helping prepare preventive maintenance plans such as daily, weekly, up to annual preventive maintenance plans.
- The right CMMS support system for preventive maintenance plans also provide the right analytical tools and graphs of data to help measure performance, improve efficiencies, and also gives the costs to each preventive maintenance plans the company has implemented.
Efficient preventative/preventive maintenance scheduling
- Developing an efficient preventative/preventive maintenance scheduling is also important for companies of any industry, by examining and analyzing all gathered findings, in order to create a plan of the frequency of services needed to be conducted.
- It's also important for companies to create service logs which allow the management to send out email alerts about the scheduled preventative/preventive maintenance and to always remind the concerned department about the scheduled maintenance.
Supplies/parts/qualifying vendors for parts
- When applying for preventive maintenance programs, it's very important to have available inventories of supplies and parts of equipment/machineries in advance in order to prevent unnecessary downtime of operations.
- Companies in any industry can also save up with costs of parts or supplies by taking advantage of discounts that aren't available when they purchase on an urgent basis.
Equipment analysis and equipment usage
- Another best practice of preventative/preventive maintenance is to have a full inventory of all the company's equipment/machineries, such as each make, model and serial numbers of the parts of equipment, maintenance guidelines and specifications which can be found on their owner's manuals.
- It's also important to establish and record equipment/machinery usage such as machine downtime, meantime-between-failure, costs of replacement, and technician's performance in order to have a gauge of the equipment's functionalities.
We first researched for best practices for a preventative maintenance program in any industry, using industry sources such as Hippo CMMS, EZ Office Inventory, Mobility Work, Fleetio, MicroMain, EMaint, and MacAllister Machinery, in order to find reports or article of best practices for preventive maintenance of equipment/machinery that applies to any US industry. We found lists of best practices from each of these sources. We then defined "key" and best practices" as those that were repeated among multiple reputable sources. This included information on scheduling maintenance, spare parts and qualifying vendors for parts, equipment analysis and equipment cycles/usages, and the last relevant best practice which is to adopt and choose an appropriate support system.