Maintenance is a crucial process for any business that relies on machinery. Most companies are aware that their productivity is largely dependant on their industrial maintenance processes and therefore try to implement maintenance processes that manage and control the potential for failure.  At Plastrading, we suggest establishing a clear maintenance program that is appropriate for your maintenance team and machinery types. Here are four of the most common machine maintenance types:

Preventative maintenance

Preventative maintenance is applied by technicians and managers before any breakdown or failure occurs. The aim of this type of maintenance is to reduce the likelihood of a breakdown or degradation of equipment, components or spare parts. This type of maintenance should be performed on a regular basis and is probably the most important type for your business as it can spare you from losing production time and money by tackling problems before they occur.

Predictive maintenance

Predictive maintenance is similar to preventative maintenance, but this system makes use of maintenance based on the actual condition of the machine rather than a time-based schedule. Predictive maintenance monitors the performance and status of equipment during regular operation to reduce the likelihood of failures and is very reliant on condition monitoring.

Reactive maintenance

Reactive maintenance is generally unplanned. This type of upkeep is also known as ‘Breakdown maintenance’ as repair work is done when the equipment or machinery has already broken down. Reactive maintenance can be quite expensive for your business as this means that you are faced with an unplanned interruption of your production process.

Reliability-centred maintenance

Reliability-centred maintenance is a process used to determine what must be done to ensure that a physical asset continues to do what its users want it to do in its present operating context. Reliability-centred maintenance implements a specific maintenance strategy on each of the assets of the facility, and the maintenance strategies are optimised so that the productivity of the plant is maintained using cost-effective maintenance techniques.

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