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Last edited 24 Aug 2022
Planned preventative maintenance
Maintenance is an essential to ensure that buildings and other built assets present a good appearance and operate at optimum efficiency. Apart from decay and degradation of the building itself, inadequate maintenance can reduce performance, affect health and threaten the safety of occupants and those in the vicinity.
Maintenance can help:
- Prevent the process of decay and degradation.
- Maintain structural stability and safety.
- Prevent unnecessary damage from the weather or from general usage.
- Optimise performance.
- Help inform plans for renovation, refurbishment, retrofitting or new buildings.
- Determine the causes of defects and so help prevent re-occurrence or repetition.
- Ensure continued compliance with statutory requirements.
Very broadly, maintenance can be:
- Condition-based, 'corrective' maintenance. Reactive maintenance undertaken to repair something that has broken
- Planned preventive maintenance (PPM) which is scheduled and can prevent damage from occurring, helping to avoid breakdowns and down-time.
PPM has the advantage of enabling more proactive approach to maintenance, and helps prevent small issues from becoming larger issues at a later date, with the knock-on negative impact on productivity. This also means that costs are distributed more evenly.
Planned preventive maintenance may be scheduled on a PPM calendar which incorporates manufacturer’s suggested maintenance schedules for individual items based on dates, equipment running hours, distance travelled, and so on.
A PPM calendar provides a single interface for all maintenance, making it easier to track and manage maintenance. It can also generate reminders or alerts when a maintenance event is due. The calendar should be capable of providing a variety of scheduling options, i.e. after a set number of usage hours, a set number of weeks, etc. This allows the maintenance plan to be customised according to the needs of different items.
NB. NRM3: Order of cost estimating and cost planning for building maintenance works defines preventative maintenance as: '...the planned and controlled programme of maintenance and inspection carried out at predetermined intervals (or corresponding to prescribed criteria) and intended to reduce the probability of failure or degradation of the functioning of an item. This includes inspections, adjustments, cleaning, lubrication and/or selective replacement of components (e.g. filters) and minor repairs, as well as performance testing and analysis intended to maximise the reliability, performance and life cycle of building systems, equipment, etc. Preventive maintenance consists of many checkpoint activities on items that, if disabled, may interfere with an essential installation operation, endanger life or property, or involve high costs or long lead times for replacement.'
Business-Focused Maintenance (BG 53/2016), written by Jo Harris and published by BSRIA in May 2016, defines Planned preventative maintenance (PPM) as: ‘…the implementation of a strategy to maximise the operational life of assets and reduce unforeseen instances of failure. PPM should form part of any asset management plan implemented to minimise interruption to core business functions. PPM tasks are based on the use of regular inspections, checks, measurements and fault finding tasks at frequencies that are grounded on experience and based on the expected deterioration of the asset. The purpose of these tasks is to monitor condition, diagnose signs of failure and instigate more intrusive maintenance to prevent complete failure. The outcome of a system of generic maintenance tasks and schedules provides a level of plant reliability which is independent of the service levels required by the business.’
- Building owner's manual.
- Business focused maintenance.
- Construction inventory management.
- Facilities management.
- In-house or outsource maintenance.
- Maintenance Repair Operations MRO.
- Maximising maintenance budgets after lockdown.
- Predictive maintenance.
- Proactive maintenance.
- Resource management.
- Reliability centred maintenance.
- Unplanned maintenance.
- Scheduled maintenance.
- Soft landings.
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