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Different ways to reduce Emergency Maintenance Load

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  • Last Updated : 29 Oct, 2020
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First of all, one needs to understand what does emergency maintenance actually means? Whenever any normal functions or operations of any asset or equipment gets interrupted due to unexpected failure or breakdown, these unexpected failures cause damage to asset as well as overall system. It requires immediate action to be taken to prevent it from becoming worse and affecting production, safety of employees, functions of organizations, etc.

Emergency maintenance simply includes coordination of team members and repair of equipment following failure or breakdown regardless of its causes. Main causes that lead to emergency maintenance can be removed or resolved permanently but one can try to reduce its impact and chances of occurrence of other risks or failure that are associated with it.

Methods :
There are several methods with help of which one can reduce load of emergency maintenance. Out of which, one of best ways is to implement proactive maintenance strategy. This proactive maintenance strategy generally identifies potential failures and then resolve such emergency failures before it gets converted into major problems that cannot be controlled. Nowadays, there are many proactive maintenance strategies available. One can choose most appropriate one according to their environment, situation, budget, etc. Different proactive maintenance strategies that one can implement are as given below :

  1. Preventive Maintenance :
    Preventive maintenance is a maintenance strategy that aims at keeping assets up and running without any interruption. To achieve this aim, preventive maintenance requires regular checkups and maintenance of assets on regular basis. This maintenance simply prevents assets from unexpected failure or breakdown.

  2. Condition-based Maintenance (CBM) :
    CBM is a maintenance strategy that aims at keeping assets up and running without any interruption but only when required. Such type of maintenance is only performed on basis of present condition of equipment and whether or not maintenance is required. This maintenance simply avoids unnecessary maintenance and saves money.

  3. Predictive Maintenance (PdM) :
    PdM is a maintenance strategy that aims to keep assets up and running without any interruption simply predicting that when assets might fail or break so that maintenance action can be taken to prevent failure from occurrence. Such type of maintenance is only performed when there are chances of failure occurrence. It relies on condition-monitoring equipment to check condition of equipment in real-time.

  4. Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) :
    Tdm is a maintenance strategy that aims at keeping assets up and running without any interruption as wells as improving condition of assets also. It simply focuses on achieving perfect production and increasing equipment effectiveness.

    Other ways to reduce EM workload :

    • One should choose proper trained technicians and experts to perform production work.
    • One should use tools and resources that are most appropriate and needed.
    • Providing full information to employees regarding working of equipment.
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