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With so many companies out there offering their services, how do you decipher what the best course of action is for your facility? Learning about the four common types of facility maintenance will help you better understand what services are most worthwhile to keep you running as smoothly as possible. The complete facility maintenance program you need will depend on your industry and should be customized to your business’ unique needs.

Are you looking to hire a company that can complement your facility maintenance repair and operations (MRO) management? Facility maintenance is inevitable in all industries, and there are many options available. A well-rounded MRO plan will use a proactive approach coupled with reactive strategies, as needed. As mentioned earlier, repairs are unavoidable, so your MRO should be flexible and should be run by a reputable company (if you choose to hire one).

At all times, your provider should be following correct protocols and have the appropriate certifications to ensure they can get the job done effectively and safely. If your project requires specific certifications such as for servicing heavy or technical equipment, make sure these are made available to you.

TEAM Group certifications include compliance to OSHA, OS&H, and other regulatory standards. We want to be able to cater to our global clients across countless industries. We love what we do, and it has not gone unnoticed! Even amidst the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, TEAM Group received the 2020 Elite Supplier Award from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics. TEAM Group was recognized for achieving outstanding levels of performance, quality, and delivery even amidst the extremely complicated pandemic environment.

We have been gathering experience and preparedness regarding industrial facility maintenance far before the onset of Covid. We want to evolve alongside our global customers giving you only the best services so that your facility and equipment operate optimally.

Facility maintenance is of utmost importance when it comes to operating your equipment, so make sure you sign up for the approach that best suits your needs.

Where should you begin? Knowing the difference between preventative, predictive, corrective, and reactive facility maintenance is a good start. Then, once you’ve found a reputable company, you can ask in detail what these services entail. Adopting the correct services will lend to either success or chaos in terms of your plant or facility.

A maintenance company should have experience in dealing with various facilities and their parts and be transparent with its clients about their ability to perform or not.  Partner with TEAM Group and you’ll immediately see the immense experience we have across various industries.

TEAM Group specializes in automotive technical cleaning and commercial cleaning services. Our dedicated teams can be deployed to carry out scheduled facility maintenance and even train your own staff on these processes. Our aim is to provide comprehensive and tailored support that works to improve the efficiency of your facility. This will look different for each client, and we love working closely and learning alongside you.

The Four Types of Facility Maintenance

The services and needs of companies will vary greatly depending on the industry. The tricky thing is that the four types of facility maintenance – preventative, predictive, corrective, and reactive – are generally defined in the same way across the board but will look very different on the ground. For example, an automotive plant’s preventative maintenance will look very different from that of a hospital.

There are four common facility management strategies that we will explore in detail below. They can be run together or independently. It all depends on your needs and type of equipment at hand. It is estimated that maintenance costs can be between 15 – 40% of total production costs. There is clearly a need to keep everything well-oiled, in order to keep that statistic as low as possible.

Not sure where to start? Let’s break it down, so you can decipher what will work best for you.

Preventative or Preventive Maintenance

We’re staring here because this is probably the key aspect for your equipment to run smoothly. If you own a plant or facility, you have some level of preventative maintenance already in place. It’s proactive, and totally necessary. Here’s why:

Preventative maintenance is the regular, scheduled work that is performed on equipment after a certain parameter – most commonly time or usage – has passed and inspection is required. The parameters will differ based on the machine or part in question. Time, amount of output cycles, or kilometers travelled are different examples that can trigger the need for preventative maintenance. This type of work is done while the machine or part is still in working order. Its aim is to address the machine’s needs and keep it running before a break-down occurs.

What is relied upon for scheduled preventative maintenance are best practices and data. If machine X typically breaks down after Y amount of output, then it should be checked on when that parameter is met. This occurs even if the machine does not appear to need any upgrades. Preventative maintenance can be scheduled outside of working hours and will not be disruptive to your production if timed appropriately with your facility service company.

Preventative maintenance is suitable for parts of your facility that have a critical function and who’s breakdown would impair other key processes. These parts usually succumb to a breakdown with time due to wear-and-tear, and so they need this type of service to reduce failure rates. Examples include replacing parts, repairs, lubrication, cleaning, rotations, alignments, and adjustments. This is not needed for non-critical aspects whose failure is unrelated to maintenance – examples being batteries or circuit boards.

Predictive Maintenance

Predictive maintenance uses data provided by monitoring tools (one example is sensors) to predict and detect failures before they happen. This strategy does not run on a schedule, as preventative maintenance does.

In predictive maintenance, data is collected and analyzed in real time and can point to a problem while the machine is in use. This method is advantageous because it can catch a defect well before the next scheduled maintenance. It relies on data collection systems to be working properly, as well as employees having the tools and knowledge to analyze the numbers and identify issues.

A great example is . With paint defect software as the name entails, our software focuses on predicting sources of paint defects. The program provides means for digitized, one-time input data collection. Overtime, the data will be able to provide information on the type of contaminants, their source, and give recommendations on which procedures could be adjusted or implemented to eliminate the problem. It also provides ease of access to this information, and can graph, map or tabulate data into any desired form using statistical analysis. This is an excellent example of how gathering consistent, long-term data will help narrow down where in the paint process most defects are occurring in order to improve your product and warranty.

Partner with TEAM Group so we can begin to understand your needs and implement the maintenance approach you’ve been seeking. We will strive to meet your standards and help you feel secure that everything will continue running smoothly.

Reactive Maintenance

Also known as ‘run-to-failure’, reactive maintenance is the oldest approach in the book. Basically, if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it. It is performed only once a machine breaks down. If you want to go down this route, it’s important to have spare parts and knowledgeable staff or people on call to come in and do repairs at a moments notice. It is estimated that running to failure could be up to 10 times as costly compared to a scheduled maintenance program.

It’s best to use reactive maintenance only on parts of your plant that would have less impact on production and worker safety if an issue were to arise. Otherwise, you run the risk of losing critical time, manpower and money doing costly repairs. Breakdowns and malfunctions are not completely avoidable, even if you stay on top of scheduled maintenance. It’s clear to see that a combination of different maintenance types will occur within facilities.

Corrective Maintenance

This is a type of reactive maintenance and is performed to return equipment to proper working order. This maintenance rings the equipment back into working order once a break-down or issue has occurred. As such, this work can be planned or unplanned. An example is identifying rust and removing it so that the machine works better, and the issue is corrected. Just as with reactive maintenance, this method should be reserved for non-critical parts of your facility that can be more cheaply and easily fixed.

Benefits of a Facility Maintenance Management Service

We know that maintenance is a part of any facilities’ MRO management, but what are the benefits you can expect if you keep on top of these activities?

Indirect costs – include minimizing overtime, accidents, and breakdowns. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Direct costs – may include the overall reduction of costs associated with last-minute reactive maintenance. If you stay on top of preventative and predictive maintenance, then unexpected and expensive repairs are less likely to happen. In turn, your machine’s life is extended and when repairs are needed, they can be scheduled.

Optimized customer service – If your facility is running smoothly, you can expect to reach more customers and become a reliable brand in your industry. There will be less defective and more high-quality products being produced which ties into a maximized customer experience. This means less complaints and better service – which all links back to your business and stimulates growth.

What About the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and Maintenance?

When you purchase a part or machine, the company or business that sold it to you is referred to as the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM). These are most active in the computer/tech and automotive industries. The term also encompasses smaller parts that are needed for the end product. For example, a computer company may use batteries or cables to build its products which are supplied from another business. The OEM for the batteries and cables would be different than the computer business. You may be familiar with ‘aftermarket’ equipment – a common example is buying aftermarket car parts instead of going through your dealer. Although they may work just fine, purchasing parts that are approved by the OEM is a safer bet as you will receive more support if something goes wrong.

You should always strive to buy original equipment that is from the OEM. When you buy from an OEM, you are guaranteed many benefits such as a high-quality product, often reflected in a higher price that will be well worth it in the long run; durability – you can be certain of the materials used and how much wear and when it was produced; and a longer lifespan – Second-hand or after-market may be cheaper but there is a higher risk that they’ll give out sooner. Original OEM parts usually last longer.

OEMs can and should be consulted if there is a problem with your machine, but most often it is the owners that create and continue a service plan for the parts. That’s why its so important to understand the need for a maintenance company in helping you keep your facility running smoothly internally and not solely depending on the manufacturer.

Which Maintenance Types Reigns Supreme?

The numbers are in. Predictive maintenance data points to this method as being the most cost-effective – about 10% more effective than preventative, and almost 40% more effective that run-to-failure, or reactive maintenance. The use of this type of maintenance has been steadily increasing, in part thanks to the rapid improvement of technology. Many companies are switching over and realising the risks involved in only relying on reactive maintenance. In the long run, using predictive maintenance analytics can have a great return on investment with some studies showing a savings of 30 – 40%. Predictive maintenance and it’s use in industrial analytics will only continue to be at the forefront for facility maintenance companies.

In Conclusion

A maintenance company needs to be well-versed in dealing with various plants or facilities and their parts. They should be transparent with their clients and outline exactly what maintenance they can or cannot perform. When you partner with TEAM Group, you’ll see the immense experience we have across various industries. In North America, we are one of the fastest growing global industrial cleaning and facility management service providers. We are active worldwide, and we’ve received awards and recognition from many of our global clients.

If you are looking to hire a company that can complement your maintenance repair and operations (MRO) management, look no further than TEAM Group. For nearly 40 years, we have performed countless site visits and assessments with a multilayered approach. Our comprehensive audit will help to get your business back on track.


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