Reactive Maintenance

Definition - What does Reactive Maintenance mean?

Reactive maintenance refers to a collection of activities, inspections, tests and procedures that are used in response to the experienced failure of equipment, a machine or a material. It focuses on determining the root causes of said failure and rectifying the root causes to minimize future losses. In industrial environments failures may be a result of corrosion or its effects.

Corrosionpedia explains Reactive Maintenance

Reactive maintenance is performed to address the catastrophic failure of materials or equipment. Such failures may have significant costs associated with them if left uncontrolled.

Examples of reactive maintenance include:

  • Performing inspections to seal cracks, leaks and rust spotting
  • Performing tests to enhance surface material thinning of pipelines after an eruption
  • Lubricating machines to reduce wear, tear and diffusion corrosion after a breakdown
  • Reducing the flow rate of a process system that regularly triggers a safety valve release of chemicals into the atmosphere
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