A company cannot afford constant downtime. It would be wise to put effort in assuring continued operations. But the problem is that resources in the company are often in use. Does this mean the company cannot maintain assets without losing money? No. You just have to be wise in scheduling.
Here are four steps that work with any business:
Make a list of the company’s assets and classify them.
The first thing to do is to list and categorize the company’s assets. Classification will help the company know which ones require short-term or long-term care. It will also help in organizing certain procedures.
Make a schedule for preventive maintenance.
Don’t wait for the company to encounter downtime. You can schedule preventive maintenance software to run at a certain time. However, before this, you will have to list down the resources needing attention. By knowing that, you can schedule maintenance at a time when the asset is not in use. For instance, delivery trucks used weekly can be scheduled for a weekend tune-up.
Have someone oversee the maintenance.
Scheduling is just the first step in ensuring smooth company performance. The next step is carrying it out, and that will require manpower. Everyone in the company should know about the scheduled maintenance and there should be someone to facilitate operations done on the weekends.
Test the asset with normal workload.
After successfully maintaining and updating certain assets, it is time to test out if they are functioning well. The best way to do this is by using normal workload. This is important in both software and hardware care to see if they are still working properly. Assuring that they can handle the full load will make you feel secure about using them normally again.
Different companies can use different maintenance procedures. If you are paying for one, make sure that you take full advantage of it by scheduling everything properly.