This strategy allows assets to run until they break down, and then later reactive maintenance is performed.
Simply put, one has to wait until the assets fail or break down and when it fails, they will be repaired or replaced.
This cost-effective strategy is only applicable if the effects and consequences of failure are manageable and the cost involved with equipment failure and repair is minimal or unnecessary.
Because the action plan is to allow the asset to Run to Failure, this strategy should not be confused with reactive maintenance. This strategy is appropriate for assets that, when broken, pose no safety risks and have little impact on production.
The maintenance plan for a general-purpose light bulb.
The bulb is left on until it burns out. At this time, the asset repair plan is being implemented. A new light bulb is obtained from inventories and installed at a suitable time.
Here is a classified Run to Failure Maintenance Workflow:
Now that we have a clear understanding of how the Run to Failure Maintenance Strategy works, let’s take a look at the pros and cons of this type.
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Pros of RTF as a Maintenance Strategy
1. Minimal Planning
RTF is a cost-effective strategy that saves money by simply eliminating equipment maintenance costs. Because this strategy does not include equipment maintenance prior to failure, the maintenance cost is low.
3. The Process is Straightforward and Simple to Understand.
Because of the plan’s simplicity, the system is easily understood and implemented without any difficulties.
4. Less Manpower is Needed
Fewer employees are needed since less work is done on a daily basis.
Cons of RTF as a Maintenance Strategy
Because of the intermittent nature of failures, efficient staff and resource planning is difficult.
Several failures are unforeseeable, that is, they cannot be predicted. As a result, it is impossible to predict when specific assets will need to be repaired or replaced.
As a result, it can be difficult to resolve issues or problems at times, and this can lead to further damage in the future.
3. High Inventory Costs
To account for intermittent failures, the maintenance team must keep spare parts on hand. Failures can sometimes cause more damage and necessitate more resources to repair.
This will result in an increase in repair costs. This increases production costs as well as labor costs associated with maintenance.
How Can the RTF Maintenance Strategy be Implemented?
When evaluating the applicability of an RTF maintenance strategy, four factors should be considered:
- Personnel Safety
- Production Downtime
- Equipment Reliability
- Asset Redundancy
A Run-to-Failure maintenance strategy is not an abdication of responsibility when it is used as part of a well-planned maintenance program, supported by defensible economic and safety analysis, supported by a powerful Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS).
Using CMMS to Plan your Run to Failure Maintenance Strategy
Manual logs are outdated for making your maintenance programs as cost-effective as possible. The more equipment and machinery that must be serviced and maintained on a regular basis, the more likely it is that key points will be overlooked, increasing the risk of breakdowns and spiraling maintenance costs.
Investing in a good Computerized Maintenance Management System can quickly return you to control of your maintenance program and help you reduce costs.
Here’s a 10 Steps process for an effective RTF Strategy.
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Planning your Run to Failure Maintenance Strategy with i4T Global
We place a strong emphasis on preventative maintenance for facilities management, field service, and property maintenance here at i4T Global. Our core mission includes ensuring that proper preventative care leads to cost savings and reduced downtime for our clients.
RTF maintenance is thought to be the most cost-effective type of reactive maintenance strategy. In essence, by using this system, you allow appliances and equipment to run without maintenance until they reach the end of their useful life. While this may seem unusual to our strategy, there are times when the RTF strategy is your best maintenance option.
A true RTF strategy is designed to reduce costs while also predicting service life to ensure you are prepared for failure. You can save money on preventative services by considering the service life and use of specific appliances and parts.
There is no prepackaged maintenance schedule that will work for the same equipment and building. That is why it is critical to consult our i4T Global Team to determine what is best for your company.
i4T Global specializes in preventative maintenance, but we also handle routine RTF maintenance. We make your facility run more smoothly so you can focus on what is important to you.
Contact us right away to learn more about our preventative maintenance software!
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