The Importance of Planned Preventive Maintenance

Why you should do PPM with the PASS MS System

The equipment and machines used for production are a manufacturing or industrial operation’s lifeblood. Equipment shutdowns mean products not being made or delivered to customers. So it is important to keep them up and running. Waiting until a piece of equipment shows signs of trouble can seriously impact production. This in turn, impacts your bottom line.

To combat this, you should use a maintenance approach called planned preventive maintenance (PPM). Instead of waiting for the machine to malfunction or stop working completely, maintenance and inspections are scheduled at regular intervals. This allows you to discover things that may become issues before they actually become an issue.

How Planned Preventive Maintenance Works

Each machine is set up on a maintenance plan. This is based on the manufacturer’s suggested maintenance schedule. It is similar to a car maintenance plan. For example, most car manufacturers suggest a car’s oil should be changed every 3,000 miles or 3 months, whichever comes first. The transmission should be checked annually. A general tune-up should be done once a year and so on. This same idea is applied to machines and equipment in your organization. Say your conveyor system’s belts should be checked monthly, the gears weekly and the whole machine every six months. Then each of these inspections are set up in the plan for the conveyor belt. This not only applies to industrial equipment. You can also apply this to office equipment such as computers and copiers. For example, software updates, network tests and toner changes and plate inspections can be included on the preventive maintenance plan for office equipment. You can learn more about different scheduling options from the PASS Management Systems easy to use software.

Why This Maintenance Strategy Works

A reactive approach to equipment maintenance means waiting for something to break before you fix it. This means you are not really in control. You will be scrambling to fix problems as they occur. Preventive maintenance plans allow you to take a more proactive strategy. If you check your equipment on a regular basis, you are more likely to catch small things and repair them before they become larger issues later. Preventive maintenance lowers the chances of losing productivity due to equipment malfunctions or breakdowns. Plus the longer you can keep your equipment running properly, the more productive your business can be.

How PASS MS Can Plan For Preventive Maintenance

If you have equipment or a building to maintain, PASS MS software package is there to help you.

  • PASS MS software can handle both unplanned (breakdown) as well as planned preventive maintenance. This makes it easier to track and manage all the maintenance done on equipment.

  • PASS MS software will alert you. There isn’t much point of using software if it is not going to remind you when each piece of equipment needs to be inspected.

  • PASS MS allows you to choose the method to use when inspections and maintenance should take place. For example, one piece of equipment might need routine maintenance after a set number of usage hours, another after a set number of months, and even others, a different time frame or measure of use. PASS MS software allows you to set these for each type of maintenance task on a piece of equipment. This will enable you to customize the maintenance plan to suit your particular needs.

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