Proactive Maintenance

Definition - What does Proactive Maintenance mean?

Proactive maintenance refers to a collection of activities, inspections, tests and procedures that are used to prevent the failure of equipment, a machine or a material in the future. It focuses on determining potential root causes of machine or material failure, and dealing with those issues before problems occur.

Corrosionpedia explains Proactive Maintenance

Proactive maintenance is performed to prevent catastrophic failures of material and equipment. Such failures typically have significant costs associated with them if left uncorrected.

Examples of proactive maintenance include:

  • Applying corrosion inhibitor coatings to metallic surfaces.
  • Performing inspections to look for cracks, leaks and rust spotting.
  • Performing tests to look for surface material thinning or erosion of pipelines.
  • Lubricating machines to reduce wear, tear and diffusion corrosion.


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