What is Preventive Maintenance ( PM ) for industrial cleaning equipment?
Preventive maintenance is planned maintenance of equipment that is designed to improve equipment life and avoid any unplanned maintenance activity. PM usually includes inspection , lubrication, cleaning , adjusting, and minor component replacement to extend the life of equipment and its components . Its purpose is to minimize breakdowns and excessive depreciation. Neither equipment nor facilities that have been maintained with it should be allowed to go to the breaking point resulting in downtime. In its simplest form, preventive maintenance can be compared to the service schedule for an automobile.
A generic preventive maintenance program should include:
- Trying and testing
- Periodic inspection
- Preplanned maintenance activities
- Maintenance to correct deficiencies found through testing or inspections.
The amount of preventive maintenance needed for a specific type of cleaning equipment varies greatly. It can range from replacing a damaged power cord on upright vacuum cleaner to performing 20 plus check points maintenance for Ride –on automatic scrubber.
Many reasons exist for establishing a PM program. Listed below are a few of these. Whenever any of these reasons are present, a PM program is likely needed.
Why Have a PM Program
The most important reason for a PM program is reduced costs as seen in these many ways:
- Reduced cleaning equipment downtime, resulting in reducing manual labor and better looking facility after all.
- Increased life expectancy of your cleaning equipment .
- Timely, routine repairs circumvent fewer large-scale repairs.
- Reduced cost of repairs by reducing secondary failures. When parts fail in service, they usually damage other parts.
- Identification of equipment with excessive maintenance costs, indicating the need for corrective maintenance, operator training, or replacement of equipment.
- Improved safety and quality conditions for the operators .
If it cannot be shown that a preventive maintenance program will reduce costs, there is probably no good reason other than safety to have a PM program.
The Law of PM Programs: There are many advantages for having a good preventive maintenance program for your cleaning equipment. The law of PM programs is that the higher the value of specific cleaning equipment per hour used daily, the greater will be the return on a PM program. For instance, downtime of automatic scrubber that is used 4-5 hours a day will result in forcing operator to use manual labor to maintain the floor which will significantly increase time to perform such task and therefore taking time away from performing other tasks.
Essentially, it will be 3-4 hours a shift short to do dusting for example, bathroom maintenance or other parts of facility cleaning program which will eventually result in neglecting partially maintenance program for your facility.
For industrial applications having your auto scrubber down will also impose a risk to safety standards at the facility since the floor will not be degreased and cleaned regularly.
How to Have a Successful PM Program
The key to a successful Preventive Maintenance (PM) program is scheduling and execution. Normally battery powered equipment that is used daily needs to be PM’d on a monthly basis and your vacuum cleaners , floor machines and carpet extractors can be attended quarterly.
Preventive Maintenance Execution: In order to have a successful PM program, the message is clear. The PM should focus on cleaning, servicing batteries , lubrication, adjusting and correcting deficiencies found through testing and inspections. When there is a need to adjust or replace components, especially when it comes to electrical and mechanical parts, it should be done by trained and qualified professionals.
We offer service and repairs to vacuum cleaners, floor sweepers , propane burnishers , floor machines and autoscrubbers, carpet extractors and battery chargers.
We, at Allsource Cleaning Equipment , know the importance of keeping your equipment in top notch running condition . Whether you require a major overhaul or just a minor tune up , our service department is pleased to offer top quality mechanical service both in-shop and mobile capabilities.
Our service department has one of the largest parts inventories for fast turnaround and offers knowledge and skills of factory trained technicians . Ask us about our customized maintenance programs designed for any size of equipment park whether it is School Board , University or contract cleaning company. Among other features ACES service department makes available are exhaust emission testing, computerized tracking of all work orders and repairs , loaner equipment, cleaning equipment rentals , sales and leasing.
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