What type of Maintenance Strategy is Right for Your Office?Admin@ | April 27, 2018 | 0 | General
Before you start managing an office, maintenance is limited to two words. It’s either repair or replace. But once you enter the complexity that is ‘an office’ you realize that the word ‘maintenance’ has a far more broad meaning. There are different types of maintenance strategies that you can utilize in your office to keep it running smoothly. However, if you want consistency in your office, then you’ll need to choose one maintenance strategy that works best for you. Here is a brief overview of a few kinds of maintenance plans to help you make your choice.
As the name suggests, you perform proactive maintenance to reduce the chances of breakdown while the office equipment are still in working condition. This strategy requires specific time schedule and the amount of usage. For instance, you may call the maintenance team when the air conditioner has gone 500 hours of continues running or you may check the ventilation system after every two months to keep it in perfect working conditions. This type of strategy is suitable for offices that have a large maintenance budget and can afford the monthly check-ups.
This strategy means you continue using equipment until it cannot be used. There is no need to call in reactive maintenance contractors unless a machine break downs. After that, you either repair it or replace it depending on the condition of the equipment. This strategy is useful because it does not require planning and periodic checkups. Plus, the cost of repairs is relatively low as well. On the other hand, employing this strategy is a bad idea, especially for large corporations and businesses because of its unpredictable nature. The equipment can breakdown any time, it could be during an important project that has a major impact on the business and you may not be able to work without that equipment.
Conditioned Based Maintenance
The idea of this maintenance strategy is that you continue to monitor all the equipment and machines in the office building and identify any issues that occur. If you notice even the smallest of disorder within a machine, you immediately call your maintenance contractors and fix the issue. This has major advantages because it can prolong the lifeline of equipment and also keep them fully operational at all times, consequently increasing the office productivity. However, this strategy is highly expensive and requires a full-time staff to monitor all the equipment in an office building continuously.
The predictive maintenance is probably the most suitable strategy when it comes to office maintenance. In this strategy, you install special sensors in each equipment that correctly predicts a breakdown. So, you repair the machine before it stops working completely. The initial cost of predictive maintenance is high because you need to invest in latest sensors but in the long term, this type of maintenance proves to be more advantageous. You don’t have to schedule regular checkup, hire full-time staff, replace equipment and disrupt the office working.