What is Planned Maintenance?

Planned maintenance is a proactive approach to maintenance in which maintenance work is scheduled regularly. The fundamental goal of planned maintenance is to maximize equipment performance by keeping it working as long as possible while remaining safe. Any maintenance operation that is planned, recorded, and scheduled is referred to as planned maintenance.

Planned maintenance Example:

Changing the oil in a vehicle after the light came on the dashboard

It would be planned maintenance to change the oil once the car has travelled 3,000 miles.

What are the different Types of Planned maintenance?

Planned maintenance can be divided into two categories –

  1. Planned preventive maintenance
  2. Planned unscheduled maintenance

1. Planned preventive maintenance

PPM (Planned preventative maintenance) is the process of doing regular and routine maintenance on your assets and equipment to avoid unexpected equipment breakdowns and save money on downtime.

Example: After every 150 working hours, doing maintenance on a forklift.

2. Planned unscheduled maintenance

The repair of an asset is postponed until a breakdown occurs in this sort of scheduled maintenance. Although it may appear to be contradictory, planned unscheduled maintenance, often known as run-to-failure maintenance, is an acceptable planned maintenance strategy.

Example: Plan to keep a sufficient number of conveniently accessible power drills on hand so that a technician can quickly and simply replace one that has broken.

Advantages of Planned maintenance

  1. Reduced Maintenance Costs: Planned maintenance provides an ideal opportunity to save money on maintenance. Investing in replacement apparatus or vast parts lists when small failures cascade into catastrophic problems is significantly more cost-effective than using minimum supplies to keep a system in peak operating order.
  1. Increase Equipment Life: Planned maintenance program helps to extend equipment’s operational time. And equipment that is serviced often has a longer life cycle.
  1. Increased Workplace Safety: Even the most user-friendly and high-tech devices and machines can be dangerous if not properly maintained. All equipment and apparatus are in good working order and pose no danger to anyone who contacts them.
  1. Improved Workplace Culture: Not only does planned maintenance decrease equipment downtime, but it also reduces staff downtime. Employees will be more engaged, collaborative, and be happy if preventative maintenance activities are planned ahead of time and the stress of unexpected equipment breakdowns is eliminated.
  1. Planned Maintenance Decreases Downtime: Any asset that is left neglected will ultimately fail. Faults, malfunctions, and breakdowns disrupt whole production processes, resulting in unscheduled downtime of hours, if not days. That downtime is costly, especially given how labor and operations expenses are rising while productivity remains stagnant.

Terms related to Planned Maintenance

Preventive maintenance

Preventive maintenance is maintenance carried out before the breakdown occurs. It tries to reduce problems of breakdown maintenance (that means problems like unreasonable delay in production, time loss, productivity loss, etc). Read more>>

Sukanta Maiti

I am a Mechanical Engineer by profession, Blogger, and Youtuber by passion. I have been in the engineering field since 2014. I am passionate about sharing all my knowledge about engineering, management, and economics to my readers.

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