In some respects, there is no sure-fire maintenance solution that is going to work in every situation. Decentralized and centralized maintenance strategies are valuable pieces of the maintenance toolkit.
Looking Closer at Maintenance Strategies
There are a few key differences between centralized and decentralized maintenance. For instance:
- Centralized maintenance is conducted according to schedule, regardless of varying operational circumstances. This strategy has known expenses, though can be time consuming since operations may have to stop.
- Decentralized maintenance is conducted in relatively limited areas, usually within any supervisor’s specific area. Productivity can decline, though each maintenance task can be accomplished in less time.
Which is Better?
Each strategy has its own advantages and respective drawbacks. Managers and supervisors should be familiar with both so that the appropriate strategy can be selected for the circumstances facing your organization.