WHY PLANNED MAINTENANCE?
Excerpt from John W. Rushton’s book, Effective Maintenance Management Using Planned and Preventive Maintenance.
There is only one reason to support a planned maintenance program. Planned maintenance increases profits! The primary objective for any business is to produce profits for the owner. Profit oriented goals apply to an elderly couple operating a corner grocery store, as well as to large corporations. Even firms have to operate at a profit.
Maintenance control in a mine, fleet or plant can increase profits in two ways:
1. Increased production: Reduction of wasteful or unnecessary downtime increases production, thereby increasing profits.
2. Reduced costs: Higher productivity, method improvements or material changes can reduce maintenance costs, thereby increasing profits.
It is the responsibility of maintenance management to continually seek ways to increase production or reduce costs. It is usually easier to achieve higher profits by increasing production. Maintenance can help operations achieve higher production by increasing "on-line time" or "up-time". In most cases the maintenance department, not operations, has the greatest opportunity to increase production. A machine that is not operating due to a mechanical problem is producing nothing. A piece of equipment that is up and running, even if poorly attended, is producing and adding to profit. Planned maintenance helps keep downtime at a minimum, while still maintaining the equipment in such a condition that both production and cost goals are achieved.
The benefits of planned maintenance are real. Additional advantages of a planned maintenance program are listed below.
ADVANTAGES OF PLANNED MAINTENANCE
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