What is Breakdown Maintenance?

In the case of breakdown maintenance, repairs or maintenance work is carried out due to faults or errors that occur. This can result in considerable downtime if the faults are not detected immediately or if troubleshooting cannot start straight away. Fault-based maintenance is based on the fact that maintenance and repair work is only carried out when it is really necessary. This could save costs, as no unnecessary maintenance work has to be carried out. However, disadvantages can also arise, as a malfunction or failure can occur unexpectedly and possibly lead to a longer downtime.

What are the benefits of breakdown maintenance?

  • Costs Maintenance and repair work is only carried out when malfunctions or failures actually occur.

  • Flexibility Fixed maintenance schedules or inspection times are not required.

  • Resources Staff, tools and spare parts are only required when a failure or malfunction actually occurs.

What are the disadvantages of breakdown maintenance?

  • Downtime Longer downtimes may occur because no preventive measures are taken to avoid malfunctions or failures.

  • Costs If failures or malfunctions occur more frequently, maintenance and repair work must always be carried out, which is sometimes associated with high costs.

  • Safety Employee safety can be compromised because failures or malfunctions occur unexpectedly and can be potentially dangerous.

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