Preventive Maintenance

Symmetry Commercial specialises in a wide array of maintenance services. Our preventive maintenance service plans and schedules maintenance for your facility’s equipment in an effort to make operations more efficient. But, what is preventive maintenance?

Preventive maintenance is the regular, scheduled maintenance planned according to usage or time-based metrics to lessen the likelihood of equipment breaking down.

A good preventive maintenance plan requires the planning and scheduling of maintenance for equipment before a problem occurs and involves keeping records of past inspections and equipment servicing.


Preventive Maintenance Services in Melbourne 

For preventive maintenance services in Melbourne, Symmetry Commercial are your trusted experts. With over 30 years of experience in facilities maintenance, we bring professionalism and expertise to reduce the risk of equipment failure.

Preventive maintenance scheduling differs depending on the equipment, but common examples include cleaning, lubrication, replacing parts, and repairing equipment. 

Our maintenance services include carpentry, electrical, heating, plumbing, ventilation, air-conditioning (HVAC), fire systems, painting, tiling, plastering, and general handyman tasks.


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Preventive maintenance is a key strategy for extending the life of your equipment and saving on preventable repair costs. Equipment failure and replacement can lead to expensive repairs and unscheduled downtime, which can cost you even more money. 

By taking the first step and devising a plan with one of our maintenance experts today, you can experience the many benefits of preventive maintenance, such as increased efficiency, improved safety, reduced downtime, and prolonged equipment life. 

When you’re ready to achieve peak asset reliability and operation, contact us via 03 9326 3143 or so we can begin crafting your custom solution.


Types of Preventive Maintenance

There are many different types of preventive maintenance, including time-based, usage-based, condition-based, predictive, and risk-based maintenance.

Ideally, a variation of these different types of preventive maintenance should be scheduled for all equipment to help prevent unplanned failures.


Time-based maintenance (TBM)

Time-based maintenance is one of the most common types of preventive maintenance. The time-based method schedules a preventive maintenance task using a predetermined time interval. This could be, for example, every month. 

Other examples include regular inspections of important equipment on the first day of every month or once every 90 days. This approach is great for equipment that doesn’t operate nonstop but still requires regular maintenance to prevent deterioration.

There is also calendar-based maintenance, which is similar, but more specifically based around the 12-month calendar year.


Usage-based maintenance (UBM) 

The usage-based preventive maintenance schedule signals a maintenance action when equipment usage hits a certain benchmark, like after a certain number of kilometres, hours (of operation), or production cycles. 

An example of UBM is routine maintenance being scheduled on a vehicle every 10,000km.


Condition-based maintenance (CBM)

Condition-based maintenance is a strategy that monitors the real-time condition of an asset to determine what maintenance tasks need to be completed. CBM maximises uptime and minimises unnecessary maintenance tasks.

CBM is a form of proactive maintenance that dictates that maintenance should only be performed when specific indicators show signs of upcoming failure or decreasing performance. 

For example, CBM will be scheduled when vibration on a component reaches a certain predefined threshold. Once that threshold is reached, it indicates that the part should be replaced or serviced.


Predictive maintenance (PdM) 

Perhaps the most sophisticated form of preventive maintenance, predictive maintenance uses advanced condition-monitoring tools and techniques to track the condition of equipment. 

Maintenance is performed when certain thresholds or parameters are breached. Examples of this include monitoring vibration in bearings or checking for thermal hotspots in electrical systems.


Risk-based maintenance

This type of maintenance combines condition-based and predictive maintenance elements to prioritise maintenance tasks based on the risk of failure. It weighs an asset’s risk factors and the potential consequences of failure to determine maintenance schedules.

Equipment with higher risk factors will receive more monitoring and maintenance than lower-risk equipment. While it requires a decent amount of knowledge of the risk associated with the equipment, it is a good way to allocate resources efficiently to protect the most important and vulnerable assets to your facility’s operations.

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When to Use Preventive Maintenance?

When to use preventive maintenance varies depending on the equipment used and the operation being performed. Following the manufacturer guidelines is a great starting point to help you determine the preventive maintenance schedule, so that equipment is inspected regularly to extend its life and prevent premature failure.

By building preventive maintenance and scheduling routine maintenance tasks, potential issues are identified and resolved before they lead to costly breakdowns and downtime.

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Industries We Work With

We proudly work with the Retail, Commercial, Medical, Industrial, Educational, and Corporate industries. Don’t see your industry listed here? Get in touch with us anyway to see how we may be able to help you.

Our Other Maintenance Services

In addition to preventive maintenance, we also offer other services that can help manage properties effectively. 

For all unforeseen events that may occur, we offer Facilities Maintenance, Reactive Maintenance, Emergency Repair Service and Call Centre, and Make Safe Services. The Call Centre is open and available every day to assist property managers when needed.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What Is Preventive Maintenance?
Preventive maintenance refers to the routine and regular maintenance of assets and equipment to prevent costly downtime if they stop running or the equipment fails. An effective preventive maintenance strategy needs planned and scheduled maintenance before an issue or problem occurs. It also includes records of past inspections and servicing of the equipment.
What Is Planned Preventive Maintenance?
Planned preventive maintenance is a strategy where maintenance tasks are scheduled regularly while the equipment or asset functions normally. This type of maintenance aims to prevent problems from occurring and reduces the likelihood of downtime. A planned preventive maintenance program helps businesses budget ahead of time for work that may be required.
Why Is A Preventive Maintenance Schedule Necessary?
A preventive maintenance schedule focuses on anticipating equipment and assets will fail and taking corrective action before this happens. The benefits of a Symmetry Commercial preventive maintenance schedule include the following: - Extends the lifespan of equipment and assets: With regular servicing and inspections, your business won’t have to spend as much time and money constantly replacing them. - Reduced breakdown risk: When equipment fails, business productivity will either stop or plummet while it’s repaired or replaced. With estimates of up to 90% of mechanical failures being preventable, regular scheduled maintenance can reduce the risk of equipment failure. - Increased safety: Regularly maintained equipment can prevent injuries and ensure your business complies with health and safety legislation requirements. - Reduced costs: Using equipment until it fails and needs repairing or replacing is more expensive than checking and servicing it regularly and adjusting it when required.
How Often Should Preventive Maintenance Be Performed?
When considering how often should preventive maintenance be performed, Symmetry Commercial looks at the following: - Time-based, where maintenance is performed at regular intervals. - Usage-based where equipment usage is considered. - Condition-based, where the state of the equipment is assessed. - Predictive, where we use advanced technologies to predict when maintenance is needed. Our preventive maintenance services are performed at expert levels to match your budget. We schedule these services when you agree and undertake them without interfering with your trading hours. Symmetry Commercial preventive maintenance services reduce the risk of system failure while ensuring your facilities remain compliant with industry standards and safety legislation.
What types of properties require preventive maintenance?
Most properties, regardless of type, can benefit from preventive maintenance. The types of properties that most commonly utilise preventive maintenance are residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional properties. Residential properties such as homes, apartments, and condos all have systems and components that require regular maintenance to prevent problems. This includes the roof, gutters, HVAC system, plumbing, electrical system, appliances, and foundation. Commercial properties like office buildings, retail stores, and malls all have complex systems and equipment that benefit from preventive maintenance. This could include elevators, escalators, security systems, and generators. Factories, warehouses, power plants, and other industrial properties have critical equipment that requires preventive maintenance. This is because failures in this equipment can be very costly and even dangerous. Institutions such as schools, hospitals, and government buildings also have systems and equipment in place that need ongoing preventive maintenance.