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The Value of Preventative Maintenance for Proactive Energy Management

The value of preventative maintenance is clear, but not every facilities manager is on board yet. However, as explained by Brian Ratcliff of HPB magazine, 90 percent of facilities managers believe connecting systems to the Internet of Things will guarantee productive systems by fine-tuning equipment maintenance schedules. Preventative maintenance lowers the total cost ownership of facility assets by reducing the risk of malfunctions and enhancing energy efficiency. Facilities managers must understand the value of preventative maintenance in enabling proactive energy management.

Problems Still Develop, Requiring Reactive Maintenance

As few as 15 percent of facilities managers have taken advantage of the value of preventative maintenance and predictive maintenance scheduling. Why? The answer lies in Murphy’s Law. Things that can go wrong will go wrong, and in facilities management, this mindset leaves managers feeling like preventative maintenance only delays the inevitable. While most facility assets do have a set life-expectancy, preventative maintenance can push these systems to their greatest potential. Although they may break in the future, preventative maintenance keeps all components functioning at their best and reduces risks. Therefore, it invalidates arguments against preventative and predictive maintenance scheduling.


Why Is Preventative Maintenance Valuable?

The true value of preventative maintenance includes direct lowering of total cost ownership as a consequence of lowering maintenance costs. Furthermore, preventative maintenance offers added benefits:

  • Implementation costs of systems empowering preventative maintenance are decreasing. Lower implementation costs mean more businesses can take advantage of technology to identify and correct maintenance issues. 
  • It increases employee productivity and offers environmental benefits. Informed employees are less likely to experience high stress levels, and this will lead to increased productivity; preventative maintenance also helps in reducing the carbon footprint of the company.
  • Preventative maintenance enables better life cycle costing. Through analytics, preventative maintenance data become more useful, allowing facilities managers to identify trends not specified in manufacturing documentation, thus increasing accuracy in life cycle costing.
  • Fewer hiccups during facility assessments. Proactive facilities management through preventative maintenance reduces the costs associated with deferred maintenance and hastens actual assessments, explains David Lewek of Facility Executive.

How Can Facilities Managers Optimize Preventative Maintenance?

Although preventative maintenance is the gold standard for reducing deferred maintenance, facilities managers can still optimize it by connecting systems to the Internet of Things and letting Big Data do the hard work. For multi-site portfolio facilities, applying Big Data can enhance preventative maintenance ever further, using information gathered from both internal and external resources to generate optimization reports and adjust settings automatically, provided that such controls are in place.

Leverage the Value of Preventative Maintenance and Proactive Energy Management

The future is built on preventative maintenance and successful energy management. Remember the incandescent light bulb sunset from the early 21st century? That same push will drive facilities managers to renew their focus on saving energy, reducing their reliance on non-renewable energy sources, and increasing the adoption of proactive facilities management strategies. Start your organization’s preventative maintenance program now, by implementing a smart building solution; contact ENTOUCH at 1-800-820-3511 today.