Preventive and predictive maintenance. What is the difference?

Preventive and predictive maintenance. What is the difference?

One of the aspects where Consman stands out the most is in the rigorous maintenance that we subject the vehicles that pass through our workshop. This exigency allows us to know the needs of the vehicle in advance and in a controlled manner, minimising logistical costs and downtime.

It should be noted that there are several types of maintenance to be taken into account and today we will focus on two: preventive and predictive. Both are essential to ensure that the vehicle runs safely and efficiently, but what are the key differences between these two types of maintenance and their benefits? Let’s take a look.

Preventive maintenance and its benefits

Preventive maintenance can be defined by the saying ‘prevention rather than cure’. It focuses on servicing and replacing parts before major problems occur. These actions are performed at regular intervals to keep the vehicle in optimal running condition. Usually, the manufacturer’s instructions are taken into account, which indicate the time or mileage intervals at which this service should be performed.

The most important benefits of preventive maintenance are:

Prevention of unexpected failures: There is nothing more critical for a commercial vehicle than to have a breakdown while on the road. This will cause a delay in delivery and in all the established deadlines with all the consequences that this entails. Preventive maintenance greatly reduces the chances of sudden breakdowns that can cause problems on the road.

Prolonged service life: Keeping parts and components in good condition helps to extend the life of the vehicle, which in turn can save you money in the long run.

Improved safety: A properly maintained vehicle is safer to drive. Knowing that parts such as brakes are in good condition improves safety.

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Predictive maintenance and its benefits

Predictive maintenance takes things a step further by using advanced technology, such as sensors and monitoring systems, to collect real-time data on vehicle condition and performance. Rather than relying on a pre-defined schedule, this approach focuses on predicting and preventing future failures by analysing data to fix the problem before it occurs.

The most prominent benefits of predictive maintenance are:

Targeted intervention: By constantly monitoring vehicle condition, repairs and maintenance are performed only when needed, which can reduce costs and minimise downtime.

Increased resource efficiency: The use of resources such as time and money is optimised, which is critical for industrial vehicles that need to be constantly on the move.

Improved safety: The ability to detect potential problems before they become serious failures improves vehicle safety and reduces the risk of accidents.

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At Consman we carry out preventive maintenance and control of vehicles

In short, preventive maintenance is essential to ensure that the vehicle is always in perfect condition and predictive maintenance adds a further layer of security, as it provides even more information about the current and future condition of the vehicle. Without a doubt, the most advisable thing to do is to carry out both maintenance on a regular basis, as they are totally complementary to each other and in this way you will avoid serious problems in inopportune situations.

As indicated above, at Consman we are specialists in carrying out this type of preventive maintenance. Contact us to schedule your preventive maintenance.

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