Equipment and facility maintenance is a part of life for any company. However, there are many different approaches for how companies perform maintenance. Fluke has developed a reliability-centered maintenance program that is proven to be more time – and cost – efficient than other maintenance types.
What Are the Main Types of Maintenance?
Reactive: Reactive maintenance allows equipment to run to failure, and only performs repairs in response to something breaking. According to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), reactive plants have a cost to maintain machinery of $17/HP/Year.
Preventive: Preventive maintenance bases their servicing off of a calendar rather than waiting for equipment to break in an effort to prevent failures. The EPRI shows that preventive plants have a cost to maintain machinery of $13/HP/Year.
Predictive: Rather than running off of a calendar or waiting for failures, predictive maintenance uses techniques to determine the condition of equipment to predict when they should be serviced. Predictive maintenance has a cost to maintain machinery of $9/HP/Year according to the EPRI.
Reliability Centered: Reliability centered maintenance is what Fluke recommends, and uses preventive and predictive techniques to ensure assets have as much uptime as possible
Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM)
RCM integrates results from multiple technologies that can be used to analyze the root cause of failure, and monitors assets to maximize their uptime. RCM makes it easy to share information, make informed decisions, and weigh the benefits of your decisions. Unfortunately not all organizations have such a maintenance program, and may not be willing to invest the initial cost to implement such a program.
However, even small companies can benefit from RCM and other proactive types of maintenance by increasing cost savings.
Over a 16 year period, a small company transitioned from reactive to preventive and then to predictive maintenance. Based on a case study of these transitions, several benefits came to light:
- Unplanned failures dropped to almost zero
- Annual maintenance budget for critical motor/pumps cut in half
- Pumps run more than twice as long before requiring repairs
- Maintenance is almost entirely scheduled rather than reactive, cutting down on overtime
In addition to cost savings, proactive maintenance improves safety for workers and scheduling issues.
RCM involves screening, diagnosing, correcting, verifying and reporting issues as its maintenance workflow. Fluke provides multiple tools to help achieve this, such as:
- Infrared imagers
- Vibration and alignment
- ScopeMeter and power quality
- Insulation tester
- Process tools
Fluke’s tools have wireless technology allowing you to connect as many as five tools at once. They also connect to your smart phone, making it easy to share information without leaving the field.
If you’re interested in reliability centered maintenance and Fluke’s connected test tools, contact us or your French Gerleman Account Manager today. Shop, check pricing and/or check inventory on our stocked Fluke products on our website.