|Preventive Maintenance is the planned maintenance of plant infrastructure and equipment with the goal of improving equipment life by preventing excess depreciation and impairment. This maintenance includes, but is not limited to, adjustments, cleaning, lubrication, repairs, replacements, and the extension of equipment life.|
Preventive Maintenance standards provide the fundamental principles and crucial guidelines for establishing a successful preventive maintenance program. Due to the varying needs of different plants, the type and amount of preventive maintenance required also varies greatly from plant to plant. Due to this, it is extremely difficult to establish a successful preventive maintenance program without the proper guidelines and instructions.
The ANSI standards for Preventive Maintenance help you determine the type and frequency of inspections and maintenance procedures, define the minimum requirements for servicing and maintaining plant equipment, serve as a comprehensive maintenance checklist, and supplement more specific instructions, manufacturer publications, and other standards. Through the application of these standards, industrial firms can improve automation and operate more efficiently, produce higher quality products, minimize energy consumption, reduce insurance inventories and business loss due to production delays, and increase overall safety levels. In addition, preventive maintenance measures can drastically reduce errors in day-to-day operations, as well as increase the overall preparedness of plants in the case of an emergency. The implementation of preventive maintenance procedures presented in these standards is a vital part of efforts promoting safe practices in the industrial workplace. The American National Red Cross Ready Rating Assessment, for example, is a program that helps businesses, prepare for disasters and other emergencies. Find more information on preventative maintenance and emergency preparedness from the American National Standards Institute.
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