Reactive or emergency maintenance refers to repairs performed when equipment has already broken down, to restore the equipment to its normal operating condition in the shortest timespan possible.
As all maintenance managers know, no amount of careful planning and continuous maintenance can eliminate breakdown maintenance entirely, and invariably breakdowns create unplanned cost and time issues that create risks for the organisation.
Reactive Maintenance applications can be used by organisations that require either a simple approval process with minimal requirements or a more complex approval process, with multiple compliance steps.
Scheduled or Preventative Maintenance is the regular, planned maintenance of critical equipment on time-based triggers, according to its usage.
The purpose of Preventative Maintenance is to lessen the likelihood of mechanical breakdowns which usually causes the loss of productivity due to equipment downtime and costs for repairs.
Unplanned maintenance can have a devastating effect on overhead costs, which can be avoided with proper maintenance planning. This cost includes the loss of production, higher costs for parts and shipping, and lost time in responding to emergency repairs and diagnosing equipment faults.