The Benefits of Regular Equipment Inspection

Equipment inspection is not something to be feared, but rather embraced as an opportunity to save money, prevent injuries, and set yourself apart from the competition. Your productivity is only as good as your team and equipment, and regular inspections can help take it to the next level. Tracking the resolution of problems before they become serious is key to understanding the long-term and lifetime use of facilities. Inspected and maintained equipment will last longer, resulting in a greater return on investment.

Routine maintenance is also a part of preventive maintenance, as it reduces the likelihood of unexpected equipment failure. This type of maintenance refers to simple tasks that don't require specialized equipment or knowledge. Routine maintenance activities are performed at regular intervals, such as inspections or machine maintenance. This distinction between routine and non-routine is especially important in highly regulated industries like aviation, where regulations separate the two categories.

If you don't have a maintenance plan or use equipment maintenance software, it's time to get started. While many facilities still rely on spreadsheets and programs to manage their maintenance activities, a CMMS can help offload the burden of data entry and scheduling, allowing maintenance supervisors to focus on high-value tasks while increasing the intervention time of technicians. Non-routine maintenance activities are not planned in advance and are not performed at regular intervals. Fleetio's proactive maintenance program helps AAA achieve near perfect on-time maintenance compliance.

Preventive maintenance refers to the systematic inspection and maintenance of high-value assets to keep them in good working order and prevent unexpected equipment failure. Predictive analytics are used to forecast equipment failures and schedule maintenance ahead of time based on historical data. Using a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS), routine maintenance tasks can be scheduled automatically. Finding the optimal balance between additional maintenance costs and savings is essential for success.