When it comes to modern business, regardless of their size, having a set maintenance strategy in place is of utmost importance! With that being said, we also understand that for a small company having a dedicated maintenance team can be a huge hassle as well as a draw on limited resources!
So what is the solution in such cases? Well, a combination of a CMMS along with Corrective Maintenance can often be handy in situations where preventive maintenance becomes too much of a resource drain!
Now in the past CMMS solutions used to be something that was restricted to only large businesses but with cost-effective alternatives being available right now, there is literally no excuse for not having one for your organization no matter if it is a startup or a medium-sized business.
But what about Corrective Maintenance, can it really be an effective means of protecting your assets? Or does it always end up costing a whole lot more in the long run? Well, that is exactly what we are going to discuss in today’s piece.
What is Corrective Maintenance?
The Maintenance strategy where a piece of machinery is repaired only after it has broken down or become non-functional is called corrective maintenance. It is often the cheaper solution since you do not have to have a separate team constantly monitoring the performance and health of a piece of machinery. Instead, the repair or replacement is carried out once the machine has completed its lifecycle or worn out an integral part which leads to the loss of critical functionality.
Should You Implement A Corrective Maintenance Strategy?
Well, that depends entirely on the type of production line and machinery you’re operating on. If there are expensive machinery with hard to replace parts then preventive maintenance is the way to go.
On the other hand, if you have an easy to repair machine where spare parts are easily available or something where repair isn’t possible for some reason, then corrective maintenance can work wonders. Another important point to consider is the repair cost itself. If repairing a machine costs almost as much as buying it new, then often the best course of action is to let it run till the parts are worn out and the machine is no longer functional.
The other point to consider is how important the particular machine is when it comes to the smooth operation of the production line. If it is a critical component whose failure would make the entire production come to a screeching halt, then corrective maintenance wouldn’t be the right fit. However if it is something like an ancillary to the production process or something that can be replaced within minutes, then this strategy again becomes increasingly viable.
Pros of Using Corrective Maintenance
The main benefits of using a corrective maintenance strategy are the reduction of expenses from having to constantly monitor and repair your machinery. In conjunction with a CMMS, a good corrective maintenance system always has spares on hand which means that no matter when the machinery decides to fail, replacing or repairing it is not a time-consuming process. Also, in some cases where it is a replacement, it can also save from having to hire especially skilled mechanics in order to repair a piece of machinery.
So in essence, depending on the type of business you’re running, and the associated costs of repair, even corrective maintenance can prove to be a viable tool!