For many businesses hitting targets, meeting clients and managing the ins and outs of running a successful company take up the majority of the working day. Managers are often focused on the long-term future of the business, while team members are busy meeting their goals. As a result equipment can often be taken for granted, with maintenance works only arranged when a problem has already become serious.
As maintenance issues can have a serious impact on the running of a business, it’s important to prevent them from happening or to tackle them before they become a real problem. This planned preventative maintenance can help to ensure all equipment runs smoothly and that your business isn’t disrupted by equipment failure in the future.
Think of the maintenance you have carried out on your car – maintaining your tyre pressure can prevent you from having to buy new tires as frequently, cleaning a clogged air filter can improve your miles per gallon and using the right oil can improve your car’s overall efficiency. The same thinking can be applied to the equipment in your business, planning maintenance based on time or usage can lead to greater efficiencies and prevent downtime.
What is planned preventative maintenance?
No matter how new or how high tech, every piece of equipment needs regular maintenance to avoid breakdowns and failures and to ensure optimal performance. By creating a schedule of maintenance works, you can ensure that you remain in control and that you are not taken by surprise by any serious issues lurking just below the surface.
Equipment manufacturers will often print suggested maintenance schedules in the equipment handbook, using these and details of usages, a professional maintenance company will schedule a yearly maintenance calendar that works for your business. A quick web search for preventative maintenance checklist can also show you templates that can form a good basis of a schedule.
Creating a safer working environment
Sticking to a regular schedule of maintenance can help your business to comply with modern health and safety regulations and avoid smaller issues from becoming serious safety concerns. And with “New court guidance could see safety penalties top £10 million” it’s more important than ever before that businesses stay on the right side of health and safety legislation.
Though implementing a planned preventative maintenance schedule may incur set-up costs, the long-term benefits and cost savings far outweigh this initial outlay. Emergency call-out costs can be extremely high, and the indirect costs to the business of equipment down time can soon mount up, not including the costs of replacing anything that has too much damage to repair. A planned preventive maintenance schedule will ensure that equipment is maintained and parts are replaced as and when needed, extending the life of the equipment and reducing the need for emergency repairs.
Remember preventing any issue before they cause issues is not only more efficient but far cheaper in the long run than emergency or reactive repairs! To find out more about our range of buildings services and find out how we can help your business, explore our website or get in touch with a member of our team.