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Preventive Maintenance - Starting From Scratch

Presenter: Louie D'Orazio
Professional Engineer/Professor, Mohawk College
Preventive maintenance is crucial for various reasons across different industries and sectors. Cost Savings: One of the primary benefits of preventive maintenance is cost savings. By regularly inspecting and maintaining equipment, potential issues can be identified and addressed before they escalate into more significant problems. Increased Equipment Reliability: Regular maintenance ensures that equipment is in optimal working condition. This increases reliability and reduces the likelihood of unexpected breakdowns. Extended Equipment Lifespan: Proper maintenance can significantly extend the lifespan of equipment. Improved Safety: Well-maintained equipment is less likely to malfunction or pose safety risks. Consistent Performance: Regular maintenance helps maintain consistent performance levels of equipment. This is crucial for industries where precision and reliability are essential, such as manufacturing or healthcare. Regulatory Compliance: In many industries, there are regulatory requirements and standards that mandate regular inspections and maintenance of equipment. Minimized Downtime: Unplanned downtime due to equipment failure can be costly and disrupt operations. Preventive maintenance helps identify and address potential issues before they lead to breakdowns, minimizing unplanned downtime and keeping operations running smoothly. Energy Efficiency: Well-maintained equipment tends to operate more efficiently, consuming less energy. This not only reduces operational costs but also aligns with sustainability goals by minimizing energy consumption and environmental impact. Improved Resale Value: For businesses that plan to upgrade or replace equipment, a well-maintained asset generally has a higher resale value. Enhanced Planning and Scheduling: With a proactive approach to maintenance, organizations can plan and schedule maintenance activities at convenient times, avoiding disruptions during critical periods of operation. Let me take you through a situation where a particular company functioned purely on “band aid repairs” and needed a whole new philosophy to survive. This is a story that takes you from the beginning of the journey.