There are different types of maintenance, as we discussed in the article What types of maintenance are there and can I apply to my facilities and work teams? In that same article we also anticipate that it is not usually the case that a single type of maintenance is sufficient for each installation or work team, but that we will need a model of facilities maintenance .
The facility maintenance model consists of determining what combination of the different types of maintenance and in what proportions they are required according to the needs of each facility or equipment.
Of all the possible activities included in the different models, there are two that are common to all of them and that we will find in any facility maintenance model. The reason is that they have been proven to be highly profitable to apply on any equipment. These two activities that you should always consider in your maintenance model, whatever it is, are:
- Visual inspections : they allow detecting a possible fault early and, therefore, its solution will probably be cheaper than if we wait for the problem to get worse.
- Lubrication with products appropriate to the characteristics of the equipment. Although it involves a cost because it requires the appropriate lubricant product and the labor to apply it, performing this task will always be cheaper than repairing the equipment due to a lack of lubricant.
Maintenance models may present variations or deviations, but there are four fundamental types that you can apply in the maintenance of your facilities, as we will see in the next article.