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The basics on periodic maintenance, why it’s important, the requirements, and the benefits of periodic maintenance
Published 16 Jul 2021
Periodic maintenance is a process that ensures company assets remain in good condition throughout their useful life. It is based on the fixed maintenance schedule for assets like equipment, machinery, and vehicles. This type of maintenance heavily relies on the time interval given to the specific model of the asset.
Periodic Maintenance | SafetyCulture
Sometimes considered as time-based maintenance (TBM), periodic maintenance is performed in a predetermined time interval, while predictive maintenance is performed according to the service life of a given component or equipment.
Periodic maintenance enforces the consistent inspection, servicing, cleaning, and application of other maintenance activities to prevent unexpected asset failure and system issues. In contrast, predictive maintenance works by observing physical conditions and analyzing statistical data to identify signs of failure and predict when an asset is about to fail.
Periodic vs Predictive Maintenance | SafetyCulture
Periodic maintenance service is important because it helps ensure that assets are long-lasting, stable, and reliable. Unlike other types of maintenance, periodic maintenance is nonselective. It aims to inspect, clean, repair, and maintain every component of the equipment or machine which lessens the possibility of missing any factor that could become a problem.
For businesses that have assets such as equipment and machinery, conducting periodic maintenance can minimize long-term costs. This type of maintenance has predictable costs which makes it easier to set a budget for every maintenance period. Furthermore, the cost effectiveness of periodic maintenance can be due to assets running smoothly and experiencing less downtime.
No, periodic maintenance is not required, but highly recommended. Industries such as the automotive industry commonly use periodic maintenance as an after-sales car service to keep the vehicle they sold from breaking down. Car companies determine the required periodic maintenance schedule for each model in the product lineup.
Additionally, some car dealerships include this service for free when buying a vehicle. The customers may or may not follow the periodic maintenance schedule which can open the risk of failures such as a vehicle breakdown.
There are many advantages of implementing periodic maintenance for your assets or incorporating it alongside other maintenance procedures. The benefits are:
Scheduling maintenance activities can be hectic, but keeping up with the schedule is another thing. Managers and maintenance supervisors can benefit from digital tools that not only can remind them of an upcoming maintenance, but also provide assistance during the maintenance process. This is possible with iAuditor. iAuditor by SafetyCulture is an inspection app that provides maintenance templates for free and help the maintenance crew to:
Full Car Service Checklist | iAuditor
Explore digital maintenance tools with these periodic maintenance checklists and templates:
As a researcher and content writer for SafetyCulture, Erica is tasked to contribute to the expansive information available on the website. She makes sure that her content contains correct and timely sources for various industries. Her goal is to help spread awareness and create a culture of safety in the workplace.
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