While no one would argue against the importance of fixing something as soon after it breaks as possible, what many people don’t realize is that operating in the “run until it breaks” mode comes with a high cost. The preventive maintenance approach is a far more predictable and cost-effective way to operate.
Preventive maintenance is a time-based maintenance strategy that often involves taking equipment offline on a predetermined, periodic basis to inspect it. After a visual inspection, any required repairs are made and then the equipment is put back online. The tasks and intervals of preventive maintenance software programs are based on the following: