How to Move from Reactive to Proactive Maintenance

How to Move from Reactive to Proactive Maintenance

 How to Move from Reactive to Proactive Maintenance
Moving from reactive to proactive is not easy or simple. In fact it takes a plan, direction, leadership, focus, and the will to succeed with failure not an option. 
These are a few simple steps I recommend:
1. Educate yourself in what "True Proactive Maintenance looks like". Knowledge in this area is critical not just for yourself but for production and site leadership as well. Take the Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional Exam (CMRP) offer by the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (
2. Ensure everyone understands reactive maintenance is an indication that production, storeroom, purchasing, are all reactive and thus must to reduced to an acceptable level in order to provide sustainable results. (this a journey, not a quick fix, and must taken jointly with all parties in order to have to sustainable success)
3. One must know the value of change, monetize it but ensure the numbers are believable. If the losses seem to high then use half of the number and possible half of that number.
4. Understand this is a journey and not a sprint.
5. Educate your Maintenance Technicians in "Best Maintenance Repair Practices" plus have them take the SMRP - Certified Maintenance and Reliability Technician Exam.
6. Ensure you manage with Leading and Lagging Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
7. Sometimes on any journey, which you may have never taken effectively, you may want to hire a guide to ensure success. 

Remember: The job you save may be yours

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