What is routine maintenance?
Routine maintenance is used to describe maintenance activities that are carried out on a regular basis to identify and address issues before they lead to equipment failure.
Depending on the equipment in question and the type of maintenance work required, routine maintenance can be performed on a time-based schedule (daily/weekly/monthly) or a usage-based schedule (cycles performed/miles driven/hours in use…). A time-based schedule is more commonly used.
In general, routine maintenance consists of simple tasks that require minimal training. Because of this, routine maintenance is sometimes carried out by machine operators, which frees maintenance technicians to focus on more complex tasks. This practice forms the basis of autonomous maintenance.