Industrial maintenance processes are the cornerstone of business productivity. Thus, many types of maintenance coexist in order to provide manufacturers with opportunities to optimize their production lines. Each company defines its industrial maintenance needs and implements a planning strategy. The main types of industrial maintenance are:
- corrective maintenance
- preventive maintenance
- predictive maintenance
- systematic preventive maintenance
- conditional preventive maintenance.
Let’s discover these concepts in detail for more clarification!
As its name implies, corrective maintenance aims to correct malfunctions of any equipment or production line as soon as they occur. If the failure that disrupts the production process has not been anticipated by other types of maintenance, such as preventive maintenance, industrial maintenance technicians deal with the problem as soon as it occurs. This is unplanned preventive maintenance or curative maintenance. This type of intervention can be costly for companies. To limit this cost, manufacturers opt for the so-called palliative corrective maintenance, which consists in fixing the problem at a lower cost and more quickly.
This type of maintenance is applied by the technicians in charge of industrial maintenance before any failure or malfunction occurs. It concerns spare parts, components and machinery and equipment in order to reduce the risk of failure. The digitalization of industrial companies has provided many technological solutions that allow technicians to perform, monitor and plan preventive maintenance effectively.
The emergence of data processing and analysis solutions, as well as artificial intelligence, has enabled manufacturers to plan predictive maintenance based on the prediction of failures and malfunctions. This type of industrial maintenance allows companies to anticipate problems by planning the necessary interventions based on predictions. It thus makes it possible to limit the expenses caused by unexpected breakdowns and production disruption.
Systematic preventive maintenance
This type of preventive maintenance is distinguished by its frequency. It is systematically carried out by the technicians at well-defined time intervals beforehand. This allows components and spare parts to be replaced regularly, improving machine productivity. Systematic preventive maintenance is therefore based on regular inspection of the various equipment, enabling technicians to collect the necessary information on the various components of the production line and to effectively prevent breakdowns.
Conditional preventive maintenance
Conditional preventive maintenance consists of monitoring the key parameters and indicators of the property’s operation and implementing the necessary corrective actions to anticipate any failure or malfunction. Many computer tools are available to automate this type of industrial maintenance. Thus, technicians can facilitate their work by opting for the digitalization of industrial maintenance processes.