<img height="1" width="1" style="display:none;" alt="" src="https://dc.ads.linkedin.com/collect/?pid=22923&amp;fmt=gif">

Advantages and Disadvantages of Reactive Maintenance

What is reactive maintenance?

Reactive maintenance also often referred to breakdown maintenance means that equipment repairs are done after the equipment failure.

While reactive maintenance might make sense from the first sight (repairing only when failures occur) it shouldn’t be your main strategy.

Advantages of reactive maintenance

In theory, it is much less time consuming and less costly to not maintain unbroken equipment rather then spending money, using spare parts and labor on a machine that is still running. There is no initial cost associated with reactive maintenance, and it does not require maintenance planning which involves time and labor resources. However, reactive maintenance is a very shortsighted approach. Relying only on reactive maintenance in your factory or plant is not sustainable for the long term and will have negative results.

01-reactive-maintenance

Disadvantages of reactive maintenance

Expensive

In a long term, unexpected downtime in the middle of the production can lead to damaged goods, late deliveries, losing a customer, consequently impact revenue. Additionally, relying on reactive maintenance means that labor and spare parts might not be forecasted accurately and organization won't be able to repair machinery after failure occurs. Company can end up losing money for emergency spare parts shipping and overtime.

Asset life expectancy

Reactive maintenance strategy does not involve keeping equipment running in an optimal way and therefore it does not maximize initial investment in the machinery. Maintaining your machinery before failures can increase asset life expectancy.

Safety

When maintenance work order is scheduled, workers have time to prepare and review standard procedures for maintaining specific piece of equipment. Every asset has safety requirements to complete the job correctly. With reactive maintenance everything must be more urgent and workers are under pressure. Therefore they are tend to take more risks in order to fast get machine up and running.

Time management

When you plan your maintenance activities you have time to analyze, consider and take actions based on previous data and production schedule. With reactive approach, failures occur unexpectedly, workers run around looking for the correct safety manuals and documentations as well as spare parts and tools.

Energy costs

When asset is not properly maintained, it uses more energy. Simple maintenance jobs like greasing parts or changing filter can reduce energy consumption by 15%.

Interested in saving money on Maintenance Costs?

You can access more useful resources and research papers here.

 

Subscribe to our Newsletter

More articles

Asset Management on Microsoft Dynamics®
Enterprise Asset Management versus Asset Management on Microsoft Dynamics® 365 for Finance and...
All you need to know about Preventive Maintenance
More and more often we can hear about Preventive Maintenance. But what exactly it means? Is it...
Join Us in Orlando for User Group Summit 2019!
We would like to invite you to join us for the annual User Group Summit North America event...
What You Need To Know About Transition to Microsoft Asset Management
You asked and we answered!  In November 2018, we were proud to announce that Microsoft acquired...
Preventive Maintenance & Sequences
  How do you know when your equipment needs maintenance? Do you trust your gut or follow...
What is Preventive Maintenance?
Preventive maintenance is a systematic maintenance strategy where work is carried out with...
Creating an Effective Maintenance Plan: What should you include?
Effective maintenance planning is essential to the overall maintenance environment. The...
How to Create Preventive Maintenance Plan
Preventive maintenance is vital for every business. Without proper preventive maintenance,...