Definition: Preventive Maintenance (PM)

When discussing improvement opportunities in your plant, does preventive maintenance ever come up? I’m sure it does.

We are often in plants when these discussions take place. An interesting phenomenon is that most plants haven’t defined what preventive maintenance is, even though the topic has been discussed for years. Many feel it is obvious what preventive maintenance is, is it really?

Test it in your plant next time you are discussing preventive maintenance. Ask specific questions such as: “Is detailed cleaning of equipment included?” or: “is good operating practices part of PM?” and “Is balancing part of our PM’s?”

IDCON’s definition of Preventive Maintenance is the following:

“All actions performed to prevent failures or detect failures early”

To define PM further we can use this visual chart:


More information on idcon’s preventive maintenance services

At IDCON, we understand the pressure you face trying to build a reliable plant.
We provide side-by-side reliability and maintenance consulting and training designed to keep your equipment running.

For over 45 years, we’ve partnered with 100s of manufacturing plants around the world to eliminate the costs and the pressure caused by unreliable equipment. And we’d love to do the same for you.

Contact us today to see how we can help you keep your plant running.

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Torbjörn Idhammar

President & CEO, IDCON Inc. Reliability and Maintenance Consultant

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