The Importance of Planned Maintenance

Planned/Preventative Maintenance (PM) is comprised of the routine tasks which need to be undertaken to prevent potentially costly breakdowns in the future. A preventative maintenance plan is an essential part of maximising equipment lifespan and return on investment. Here are a few of the main advantages of having effective planned maintenance plans in place.

Improved Safety

Instruments which are not in optimum working condition can cause many hazards, making for unsafe working conditions in addition to having the potential to cause an emergency where employees could be injured. Planned maintenance ensures instrument safety and thus improves the safety of employees.

Minimised Repair Costs and Instrument Downtime

Taking the ‘If it’s not broke, don’t fix it’ approach to instrument maintenance can result in costly, unforeseen faults or breakdowns resulting in expensive repairs, missed deadlines, idle employees and even lost clients, especially if the repair takes a long time or a required part isn’t immediately available. Planned maintenance allows you to plan in any cost and downtime needed and keeps it at a minimum as all parts needed will have been ordered previously.

Optimised Accuracy and Efficiency

A Planned maintenance schedule addresses immediate and future performance problems you may have with your instrument. By having your equipment routinely maintained you are decreasing the risk of your instrument operating outside the manufacturers stated tolerances, thereby enhancing its accuracy and efficiency.

Planned maintenance allows you to record and monitor the health of your instrument. This is fundamental in increasing operating life in addition to ensuring ongoing compliance with quality frameworks such as UKAS and GMP.

a1 envirosciences offer flexible customer care service contracts, all of which include one PM visit per year. A second PM visit can be added to all levels of cover if an instrument running large numbers of abrasive or dirty samples or being subjected to long run times. Contact us to find out more about how we can help you to maximise the operating life of the capital equipment in your lab.