The importance of scheduled Preventative Maintenance is well recognised by Bytecraft and is a fundamental part of all maintenance contracts, including our entertainment industry clients.
Clearly, Preventative Maintenance is directed towards two basic outcomes; good visual appearance and improved reliability. It is with this in mind that we have continued to develop PM strategies based on effectiveness rather than just a simple repetitive program.
The old school of Preventative Maintenance dictates that all equipment should be touched twice a year, once a month, 3 times a week etc. The fact is all equipment is not equal. By way of example, preventative maintenance for a motor car might be recommended every 10,000km or 6 months, ie. The more kilometres travelled, the more often it should be serviced.
In determining the frequency of Preventative Maintenance, it is critical to establish the usage. Once usage has been established, Preventative Maintenance must be SCHEDULED AND TRACKED accordingly.
The first step in a successful Preventative Maintenance program is to define what you actually want to achieve. A common expectation is that Preventative Maintenance will eliminate or significantly reduce overall Maintenance.
The fact is that Preventative Maintenance is significantly cheaper than Remedial Maintenance and the goal has to be to convert as much Maintenance as possible from Remedial to Preventative. Further, Preventative Maintenance can be scheduled for minimal impact on equipment uptime in contrast to Remedial Maintenance where scheduling is not an option.
Bytecraft will start its service with four (4) Preventative Maintenance visits per annum and will work quickly to determine an effective Preventative Maintenance schedule based on usage.
Preventative Maintenance Methodology
In addition to a number of standard Preventative Maintenance checks, adjustments and procedures which need to be performed on every visit, the following steps are applied by Bytecraft to define a process for targeting specific Remedial Call-out reduction.
- Produce an accurate and detailed database of remedial maintenance activities
- Apply Regression Analysis techniques to identify the distribution of maintenance issues and develop an optimum Preventative Maintenance Strategy
- Prepare a detailed Preventative Maintenance schedule and checklist to implement this strategy
- Produce statistical data to facilitate analysis of the process
- Review Preventative Maintenance activities quarterly and adjust accordingly
This is the basis for a successful preventative maintenance implementation. Commercially, these activities ultimately must result in reduced overall maintenance costs and this will be the measuring stick for success.