Reactive vs. Preventative: The Critical Difference That Could Save Your Business

Reactive vs. Preventative: The Critical Difference That Could Save Your Business

Qld Cal AdminSep 8, '23

When it comes to the smooth operation of your facility, the right maintenance choices can spell the difference between a thriving business and unexpected downtime. But how much do you really know about the two most prominent approaches to maintenance - reactive and preventative?

Understanding Reactive Maintenance

Reactive maintenance, or the "run to failure" approach, is exactly what it sounds like. Equipment is allowed to run until it fails, at which point it's repaired or replaced. This method might seem cost-effective initially but can lead to unexpected downtime and increased long-term costs.

The Power of Preventative Maintenance

Preventative maintenance, on the other hand, is a strategic approach. It involves regular check-ups and routine servicing to catch issues before they escalate into costly problems. By detecting impending failures, preventative maintenance minimises downtime and can save significant amounts of money in the long run.

Predictive Maintenance: A Step Ahead

An evolved form of preventative maintenance is predictive maintenance (PdM). This approach bases the need for maintenance on the actual condition or health of the machine or equipment. PdM technologies such as thermography, vibration analysis, and performance trending play a vital role in this process. They allow for the prediction of issues before they occur, leading to an efficient and effective maintenance plan.

Moving from Reactive to Predictive: A Journey Worth Taking

The Federal Energy Management Program's guide emphasises the importance of PdM. However, it's worth noting that more than 55% of maintenance resources and activities in an average facility are still reactive. The trend needs to shift towards predictive maintenance.

Why Should Your Company Implement Preventative Maintenance?

  • Cost-Efficiency: Though preventative maintenance might require an initial investment, it can save 8% to 12% over reactive maintenance.
  • Equipment Longevity: Regular monitoring and servicing extend the lifespan of the equipment, reducing the need for frequent replacements.

  • Enhanced Safety: Early detection of potential problems ensures the safety of the workforce and reduces the risk of catastrophic failure.
  • Quality Assurance: Utilising quality test equipment like IR thermography, vibration detection instrumentation, and data loggers can predict and prevent failures, ensuring optimum performance.

Take Action Now: Equip Yourself with the Right Tools and Knowledge

Are you part of the mining, oil & gas, mechanic, diesel mechanics, manufacturing, or maintenance industry? Don't let your business fall into the trap of reactive maintenance. Equip yourself with the tools and knowledge needed to make the shift to predictive maintenance.

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