How to Make Your Preventative Maintenance Program Successful

December 27, 2017
1 min

No matter what kind of  facility you manage, the need to implement a preventative maintenance program that incorporates life and Fire Safety, is crucial.


There are many benefits to this type of program; improved production, a safe facility, downtime reduced, assets lifespan tracked, and minimizing assets failure.  Here are a few elements that help make for a successful program:


Create One

The first thing you need to have is an actual preventative maintenance program. If you do not already have one, you need to create one that takes care of three important aspects; applicability, efficiency and profitability.


Keep Up With Updates

Having a plan in place is the first start, but if not updated on a regular basis, it will become outdated and not be as effective as you would like it to be. This then means you will not be successful in tracking your important Life and Fire Safety components at your facility.  Always be aware that this type of maintenance is not static, but will require some maintenance, just like the equipment at your facility.


Follow These Rules

Effective preventive maintenance consists of seven major milestones. These include the following:

  • testing
  • servicing
  • calibration
  • inspection
  • adjustment
  • alignment
  • installation.
And every member of your staff should know about them and follow them accordingly.



There are other ways to help ensure the success of your maintenance program.  It can be utilized as a lean manufacturing tool. It is an imperative part of the TPM (total productive maintenance) and utilizes the concept that is known as 5S – a Japanese concept.

This includes the following:

  • seiri – elimination of unnecessary thing
  • seiton – order, methods
  • seiso – cleanliness
  • seiketsu – control
  • shitsuke – (discipline) and considered as a critical kaizen tool.


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Every facility needs a preventative maintenance program and if you have one in place, it is the first step in attaining success. However, adding in the above suggestions could help ensure that you get more out of your plan. 


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