What’s the Difference – Preventive vs. Predictive Maintenance

Routine maintenance services ensure the smooth operation of facilities, from commercial buildings to industrial complexes. Incorporating maintenance checks into your facility provides a productive business. 

Two key strategies are preventive and predictive maintenance. In this blog, Omnia360 explains the differences between these two approaches and how they can maximize efficiency.

What’s the Difference? 

Preventive maintenance is a strategy that prevents problems through regular inspections and scheduled maintenance. Predictive maintenance takes a data-driven approach, using technology to monitor equipment and facilities in real time and then using that information to plan.

Understanding Preventive Maintenance

Preventive maintenance is a proactive approach where maintenance activities are scheduled regularly, regardless of apparent equipment issues.  

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These tasks aim to prevent potential problems before they occur, ensuring that equipment and facilities remain in working condition with the aim of preventing expensive breakdowns and equipment replacement for as long as possible. 

A preventative maintenance strategy includes steps like: 

Scheduled inspections: Creating a detailed maintenance schedule, including routine inspections, cleaning, and minor repairs. With a structured timetable, potential issues can be identified and addressed before they escalate. 

Cost control: Preventive maintenance helps control costs by minimizing unexpected breakdowns and expensive emergency repairs. By regularly servicing equipment and facilities, companies can extend their lifespan and reduce the need for replacements, ultimately saving money.

Enhanced safety: Regular inspections can uncover safety hazards, allowing for timely remediation. This proactive approach ensures a safer environment for occupants and employees within the managed facilities.

Understanding Predictive Maintenance

Predictive maintenance takes a more data-driven and condition-based approach. It uses technologies, such as sensors, IoT devices, and data analytics, to monitor the condition of equipment and facilities in real time. 

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This approach enables maintenance teams to make informed decisions based on the actual health and performance of assets.

A predictive maintenance strategy includes steps like: 

Data-driven insights: A comprehensive FM company should use sensors and monitoring systems to collect equipment and facility conditions data. This data is analyzed to identify trends and anomalies, enabling maintenance teams to predict when maintenance is needed. For example, an HVAC system has certain parameters based on how long the system runs and under what conditions. Based on these parameters, coupled with sensors that monitor energy consumption and output, the data 

Reduced downtime: Predictive maintenance aims to minimize downtime by scheduling maintenance activities only when data indicates a potential issue. This approach optimizes the use of resources and reduces disruptions to facility operations.

Cost efficiency: By addressing maintenance needs precisely when they arise, companies can minimize unnecessary expenses associated with over-maintaining equipment. This can lead to substantial cost savings over time.

Improved asset performance: Predictive maintenance allows for the early detection of equipment degradation, enabling maintenance teams to replace or repair components before they fail. This leads to improved asset performance and longevity.

How to Choose the Right Approach

The choice between preventive and predictive maintenance depends on factors like the type of facility, equipment, budget, and goals. In most cases, though, a hybrid approach that combines elements of both strategies is ideal.

Omnia360 uses both preventive and predictive maintenance strategies in facility management.  

Examples of a Blended Approach 

Equipment importance: Critical equipment that, if it fails, could significantly impact facility operations or safety benefits from a predictive maintenance approach. Less critical equipment can still be maintained preventively.

Budget constraints: Budget considerations play a crucial role in the decision-making process. While predictive maintenance may require an upfront investment in technology, it can yield substantial long-term savings.

Facility complexity: The complexity of the facilities can influence the choice between preventive and predictive maintenance. Predictive maintenance can offer a more granular approach in environments with numerous assets.

Contact Omnia360 for Comprehensive Maintenance Services

Both preventive and predictive maintenance approaches have advantages, and the team at Omnia360 considers both to create a well-balanced system. 

We provide around-the-clock, comprehensive, integrated facility management services that work with your in-house team. Contact us at (833) 360-6642.