Corrective Maintenance: The Fire Fighting Strategy

About this maintenance strategy

Corrective Maintenance (also known as breakdown maintenance) is maintenance tasks that corrects a problem with an asset and returns it to proper working order. The purpose of this maintenance strategy is to restore broken equipment.

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The corrective maintenance strategy tasks can be both planned and unplanned and may even be the result of a deliberate run-to-failure strategy. For certain type of equipment this strategy is still cost effective enough compared with Preventive Maintenance. You simply run the equipment till its end-of-life and then replace it.

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This maintenance strategy is often used when failure to the specific equipment is acceptable and not critical. This strategy is also the result of unplanned failures which were not avoided through Preventive Maintenance.

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