Planning maintenance work can be a challenge because it normally consists of two different types of maintenance:
Unplanned or emergency maintenance to fix equipment breakdowns or other urgent work as it comes up
Planned or preventative maintenance to keep systems/equipment running in peak condition
How does one consolidate and manage these two types of jobs? How can one allocate maintenance technicians and work hours in the daily calendar to get both types of work accomplished? Many maintenance programs have grown organically over the years and end up mainly doing breakdown/ unplanned maintenance. Technicians work in fire fighting mode and preventative planned maintenance typically takes a hit. Not doing preventative maintenance on time (or not at all!) results in further unexpected equipment breakdowns and further emergency maintenance work.