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1) Planned Maintenance

Planned Maintenance

Preventive maintenance is a schedule of planned maintenance actions aimed at the prevention of breakdowns and failures. The primary goal of preventive maintenance is to prevent the failure of equipment before it actually occurs.

It is designed to preserve and enhance equipment reliability by replacing worn components before they actually fail. Preventive maintenance activities include equipment checks, partial or complete overhauls at specified periods, oil changes, lubrication and so on. In addition, workers can record equipment deterioration so they know to replace or repair worn parts before they cause system failure.

Recent technological advances in tools for inspection and diagnosis have enabled even more accurate and effective equipment maintenance. The ideal preventive maintenance program would prevent all equipment failure before it occurs.

Value of Preventive Maintenance

There are multiple misconceptions about preventive maintenance. One such misconception is that PM is unduly costly. This logic dictates that it would cost more for regularly scheduled downtime and maintenance than it would normally cost to operate equipment until repair is absolutely necessary.

This may be true for some components; however, one should compare not only the costs but the long-term benefits and savings associated with preventive maintenance. Without preventive maintenance, for example, costs for lost production time from unscheduled equipment breakdown will be incurred. Also, preventive maintenance will result in savings due to an increase of effective system service life.

When buildings are neglected, defects can occur which may result in extensive and avoidable damage to the building fabric or equipment. Neglect of maintenance can also give rise to fire and safety hazards,

which could result in building owners being found legally liable for any injuries.

Long-term benefits of preventive maintenance include:

  • Improved system reliability.
  • Decreased cost of replacement.
  • Decreased system downtime.
  • Better spares inventory management.

Long-term effects and cost comparisons usually favour preventive maintenance over performing maintenance actions only when the system fails.

Planned maintenance should be carried out to all plant and fabric within he building, typical items include the following:

  • Site Audits
  • Cosmetic Maintenance in plant rooms
  • Electrical Periodic Inspection and Testing
  • Portable Appliance Testing
  • Annual Electrical Inspections
  • Lighting systems – re-lamping
  • Emergency Lighting
  • Fire Alarms
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • DDA Alarms and Systems
  • CCTV
  • Access Control and Door Entry Systems
  • Air Conditioning Systems
  • Boilers and Heating Systems
  • Air Handling Units
  • Pumps
  • Extract Fans
  • Pressurisation Units
  • Cooling Towers
  • Controls
  • Air balancing
  • Water Hygiene
  • Calorifiers
  • Decoration and painting
  • Gutter cleaning
  • Windows
  • Fire Doors

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