The importance of a preventive maintenance cycle
The importance of a preventive maintenance cycle

The importance of a preventive maintenance cycle

Or how preventive maintenance can help you get the most out of your fleet.

The vehicles that make up your fleet, like many technological objects, wear out, and present the risk of breaking down.

The breakdown, for all the sectors that depend on these technologies, is a small nightmare that they do not want to see happen. 

Indeed, for a company whose smooth running depends on these machines (production plant, car fleet…), the breakdown means a production stop. This stoppage can have disastrous consequences, from the simple loss of earnings to the non-respect of delivery deadlines.

It is of course not possible to predict these failures (although…). However, it is largely possible to reduce the probability of this failure occurring. 

Tools for preventive maintenance

The key? Preventive maintenance.

The Mobility Work website gives us the following definition: “Preventive maintenance, or planned technical maintenance, consists in intervening on an equipment at regular intervals or according to predefined criteria. Its main objective is to reduce the risks of breakdown on your equipment. There are three types of PM: systematic maintenance, conditional maintenance and predictive maintenance.” 

To summarize, the objective of preventive maintenance is to intervene before a breakdown occurs in order to reduce the probability of it.

As explained in the definition, there are three types of preventive maintenance:

  • Systematic maintenance, which consists of performing maintenance according to a predefined schedule, or a number of units of use also predefined. Example: Preventive maintenance performed every first Tuesday of the month for a machine, or every time 25,000 new kilometers are driven for a vehicle. It is up to you to analyze your tool to define the criteria.
  • Conditional maintenance, which consists of implementing maintenance according to a condition, most often a wear indicator (tire wear indicator, brake pad wear indicator, etc.) in the case of a vehicle
  • Predictive maintenance, which is a more complex and costly version of conditional maintenance. It consists, with the help of technical analyses, in predicting the moment when a critical point of a component is crossed. It allows to set up preventive measures before this critical point. This technique is used in various industries for the most important tools in a production line. The ones that are absolutely necessary, for which the company can’t afford a breakdown

In the industry in which we evolve, i.e. fleet management, systematic and conditional maintenance are the two most used types of maintenance. Indeed, in vehicles, several elements have wear indicators, which can be used to perform conditional maintenance. It is also important to implement systematic maintenance. African roads can sometimes be treacherous and damage the vehicle without the driver noticing it directly.

Preventive maintenance on an old car

Here are 5 benefits to implementing preventive maintenance for automotive fleets:

  1. Preserve your business: 

A breakdown means that your vehicle is stopped. A vehicle at a standstill means undelivered orders, non-transported products, paused work sites… In short, a drop in productivity and a loss of earnings for your company.

  1. Increase the lifespan of your vehicles: 

Having vehicles maintained regularly, with parts changed at the appropriate times, allows you to extend the life of your fleet. Your return on investment is therefore greater, because the fleet will not be renewed as regularly.

  1. Reduce costs:

In the previous point, a first element of cost reduction is raised: setting up preventive maintenance means avoiding buying vehicles too regularly. But this maintenance also means avoiding additional costs linked to a breakdown. Indeed, a defective element that is not replaced can lead to a more complex breakdown. It will cost more to repair. A simple preventive maintenance would have made it possible to replace the element and avoid an aggravation of the problem.

  1. Improve the quality of work: 

Implementing preventive maintenance means protecting your employees. Not only do you reduce the risk of breakdowns, but also the risk of accidents. Take brake pads, for example. Not changing them on time means your driver will be in danger the day the brakes stop responding. Protecting your fleet means protecting your drivers.

  1. Optimize your fleet: 

A well-maintained fleet is one that consumes less, is more efficient and better able to meet your needs without hidden risks.

We help you to set up these preventive maintenance cycles, so that your fleet responds better to your problems, without failing you.

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