What is preventative maintenance?

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You may have heard the term “planned preventative maintenance” before and wondered what it means. if that’s the case, then don’t worry – in this post, we’ll explain what preventative maintenance is and why it’s important.

What is preventative maintenance?

Preventative maintenance is the maintenance of machinery that’s not broken. In other words, it’s checking machinery for problems even though the machinery is working fine.

This might seem a bit counter-intuitive at first. What’s the point of checking for problems if there don’t seem to be any?

There is good logic for preventative maintenance, however. The idea is to catch problems before they get worse. It’s summed up by the quote “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. Sometimes your machinery might get worn or cracked, but you don’t notice right away. It’s only until the problem gets worse that real effects start to occur. The idea is to spot the problem before it has an effect on your business.

What is preventative maintenance in practice?

What preventative maintenance means in practice is that an engineer will come to your premises to inspect your machinery for problems. Common tasks the engineer will perform are oil changes, lubrication, minor adjustments and repair of small damage.

What are the benefits of preventative maintenance?

Some of the benefits of planned preventative maintenance are:

  • Save money. With preventative maintenance, an engineer can spot small faults before they become a serious problem. This means the faults can be fixed cheaply and quickly, and without any downtime to your company.
  • Increase the life expectancy of your machinery. Preventative maintenance can mean you don’t have to buy new machinery as often.
  • Increase safety in the workplace. As machinery gets old, it can develop faults that may make it no longer safe to use. Regular preventative maintenance can eliminate these problems before anyone gets hurt.

Also, it should be noted that regular maintenance of all industrial doors is legally required as part of the machinery directive.

How often should preventative maintenance be carried out?

The frequency of maintenance checks depends on the type of machinery, but what’s true for all machinery is that preventative maintenance should be performed on a regular basis.

Preventative maintenance by Action Shutters

Action Shutters provides preventative maintenance to companies all across the UK.

The first thing we do with new clients is to create a bespoke maintenance plan structured around your individual needs. Then, we’ll arrange for a fully qualified engineer to come to your premises and make regular inspections of your shutters. During these inspections, the engineer will detect even the smallest wear, tear or damage. By detecting these problems early, your shutters will last longer and ultimately save you time and money in the long-run.

Call us today to find out how we can help maintain your doors and shutters, or visit our webpage about preventative maintenance at https://www.actionshutters.co.uk/services/preventative-maintenance.

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