“Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” -Warren Buffett
This quote from American business magnate Warren Buffett perfectly encapsulates the value of planning ahead. Without a clear plan, you’re bound to find yourself lost and in the weeds—especially when it comes to facility management. Maintenance planning and scheduling are absolute necessities and should be considered by every facility manager. In this blog, we’ll be discussing the importance of scheduled maintenance and why it should be part of your own facility operations. Your team (and future you) will thank you later.
An optimized facility maintenance schedule will have any facility operating at peak organization and efficiency. Scheduled maintenance is any maintenance task that takes place after a documented request, scheduling, and assignment process. Efficient maintenance scheduling requires that facility managers take many factors into consideration, including inventory status, facility operating hours, task priority, and technician availability. Your facility’s maintenance schedule may include tasks such as inspections and repairs, isolated responses to work orders, and routine maintenance.
Overall, the implementation of maintenance schedules can greatly increase a facility’s operational efficiency and profitability. Scheduled maintenance will reduce equipment breakdowns and unexpected downtime while simultaneously increasing productivity and asset life expectancy.
Workplace safety can also be bolstered by equipment maintenance scheduling and planning. Assets and equipment are better maintained and less likely to experience issues and disruptions when their regular maintenance is built into a facility’s standard operations.
Implementing maintenance schedules is an excellent way to lower facility maintenance costs, as time can be utilized more efficiently and costly problems can be avoided. The lifespan of your equipment can also be extended thanks to regular maintenance—another key way to save money for your facility.
There are four primary types of maintenance: reactive maintenance, deferred maintenance, routine maintenance, and preventive maintenance.
To engage in effective maintenance planning, follow these steps:
Following these steps will ensure that your maintenance schedule is clear and easy to follow, which will avoid confusion and increase efficiency.
At this point, you may be thinking, “That sounds good…but implementing maintenance scheduling also sounds like A LOT of work.” This can be especially true if you often find yourself already struggling to keep up with facility operations and chasing paper trails of work order requests and inventory checklists.
The solution? An all-in-one facility management platform like FlowPath, of course! With FlowPath, you’re able to automate many of these processes—such as scheduling work orders, assigning maintenance tasks, and tracking inventory. By working in conjunction with an easy and helpful facility maintenance software, your team will be extremely well-equipped to take on scheduled maintenance tasks and avoid the stress, confusion, and fatigue of “old-school” facility maintenance.
FlowPath is the maintenance management software for the next generation of FMs. Say goodbye to manual processes and increase your facility’s efficiency and profitability in no time. Better processes mean smoother operations and a happier team. Adopt a facility management style that works for you.
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What is a maintenance schedule?
Scheduled maintenance is any maintenance task that takes place after a documented request, scheduling, and assignment process. A maintenance schedule is simply a built-out plan for completing said maintenance tasks.
What are the benefits of scheduled maintenance?
What are the 4 types of maintenance?
The primary types of maintenance are reactive maintenance, deferred maintenance, routine maintenance, and preventive maintenance.