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Written by Cecilia Chee, Singapore   
Wednesday, 05 October 2011 12:43




    Advantages Preventative Management System (PMS)

    Preventative maintenance is simply a scheduled maintenance of equipment or facilities. Tasks can vary by project, but in general include; cleaning, making machine adjustments, replacing components that are worn, lubricating moving parts and inspecting for wear and tear. A thorough program will have regular inspections, scheduled maintenance activities, "non-destructive testing," and repair or replacement of issues found.

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  • Scheduling maintenance for equipment can occur when the machines are at their lowest use or when not in use. The machines can be examined for wear and lubricants can be applied. Planning maintenance has several benefits. The machines are less likely to break when in use. If a machine stops working while in production, production is stopped until it is fixed. Employees can't be productive and often must receive overtime after the equipment is fixed. Work falls behind. This can cause customer services issues if you have an order for a certain number of products, but you can't deliver because the a machine broke down.


  • Equipment or facilities that have regularly scheduled maintenance can save money. For example, if a maintenance person thoroughly looks at a building structure every three months, he can identify problems before they get worse and subsequently more expensive. If a small leak is found on the roof, the leak can be fixed. If left unattended, the leak can destroy products, impact interior walls and floors and create a health hazard if mold or fungus develops from a leak.

    Another cost savings example is with equipment. If a maintenance person inspects machinery and finds a loose nut, she then tightens the nut. Had the inspection not taken place, the nut could have fallen and a part of the machinery could break or fall off. Tightening the nut during preventative maintenance cost very little, but not tightening the nut is potentially much more expensive in time and parts.


  • In the leak example, if it was not detected early by preventative maintenance, water could come into the building and a person could slip and fall, causing a safety issue. In the example of tightening the nut, if the preventative maintenance was not performed, the nut could fall off and a part of the machinery could fly off, injuring the employee.


  • Preventative maintenance plans for manufacturing can include recalibrating machines, which improves quality and reduces rejection of inferior product. For example, machine A drills a hole. As parts vibrate and wear, the placement of the hole moves. The drilled parts no longer fit onto other parts and all of them must be scraped.


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