What is planned preventative maintenance?

You’ve bought an industrial door from Norton and it’s just been installed onto your premises. Now what? The answer, of course, is to ensure you have planned preventative maintenance.

But what is preventative maintenance exactly? Don’t worry – in this post, we’ll explain what preventative maintenance is, why it’s important and what kind of checks are made during it.


What is preventative maintenance?

Preventative maintenance is basically maintenance on machinery that’s still working. The idea is to catch problems before they get worse. The concept is neatly summed up by the quote, “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”.

If you own industrial machinery, then what preventative maintenance means in practice is that an engineer will come to your premises to inspect your machinery for faults. These faults might only be very tiny – so small, in fact, that your workers might not have even noticed them yet. But even though the faults are small, it doesn’t mean they’re insignificant. Over time, they can develop into larger problems that might cause damage or even entire system failure. Thankfully, preventative maintenance means that the engineer will fix these faults before they get any worse. By doing this, you can rest assured that your machinery will keep running safely and smoothly into the future.


What kinds of things are checked during preventative maintenance?

Common tasks during preventative maintenance are oil changes, lubrication, minor adjustments and repair of small damage. The engineer will also inspect your machinery with a fine-toothed comb to find any faults. The engineer might also a preventative maintenance checklist to ensure nothing gets forgotten.


What are the benefits of preventative maintenance?

Some of the benefits of planned preventative maintenance are:

Save money. With preventative maintenance, an engineer can spot small faults before they become a serious problem. This means the faults can be fixed cheaply and quickly, and without any downtime to your company. It can also increase the life expectancy of your machinery, which means you won’t have to buy new machinery as often. All in all, preventative maintenance means significant savings to your company.

Increase safety in the workplace. As machinery gets old, it can develop faults that may make it no longer safe to use. Regular preventative maintenance can spot and solve these problems before anyone gets hurt.

Comply with the law. Last but not least, it should be noted that regular maintenance of all industrial doors is legally required as part of the machinery directive. Not exactly a benefit but worth mentioning none-the-less!


How often should preventative maintenance be carried out?

The frequency of maintenance checks depends on the type of machinery, but what’s true for all machinery is that preventative maintenance should be performed on a regular basis.


Preventative maintenance by Norton Industrial Doors

Here at Norton Industrial Doors, we offer a preventative maintenance under our Pro Access Service. We’re specialised in the maintenance of roller shutters doors, sectional doors, high-speed doors, dock levellers, electric gates, car park barriers, and more!


If you’re interested in preventative maintenance by Norton Industrial Doors, then get in touch with our team by calling 0121 327 7775. You can also visit our webpage about preventative maintenance by going to www.nortonindustrialdoors.co.uk/preventative-maintenance.