The Importance of Industrial Plant Maintenance

While it may not be a fun task, the importance of Industrial Plant Maintenance shouldn’t be overlooked or neglected. Yes, it can seem like a never-ending chore, but keep the end goal in mind. You want to put processes in place that saves you money, by increasing the reliability of your facility, keeping it clean, protecting all of your employees and reducing equipment downtime which can greatly impact production. 

There are several types of plant maintenance services and approaches, but they will all largely fall into one of two categories of industrial plant maintenance services.

The first is reactive maintenance, which means you are fixing challenges as they occur. The second approach is proactive maintenance, and that includes measures to keep your facility running, optimizing employee safety, and it also incorporates a routine of industrial plant cleaning as part of the plan.

Let’s discover the best approach for your facility to ACE it!


What is Reactive Maintenance of Industrial Plants?

To put it simply, reactive plant maintenance is just a “wait and see” approach, opting to address problems as they arise. Since reactive maintenance only happens when problems occur, it may seem like a good cost-savings idea…on the surface…BUT…

Unfortunately, the money you may have thought that you had saved by not performing routine maintenance will ultimately be overshadowed by the costs incurred to remediate these problems. 

Repairs are costly enough but production loss, and regulatory safety violations quickly add up, costing your company significantly more in the end. Sadly, you may find that you were only playing the short game and you weren’t not thinking long-term. So, be sure that you don’t stop playing at half-time! Always consider the importance of industrial plant preventative maintenance.

You will never want to forget that reactive maintenance can also have catastrophic consequences, and these can impact the environment, such as spills and even hazmat incidents. That’s why , if there’s a spill, you need professionals to mitigate it, further adding to the costs of your having been reactive rather than being proactive from the very start.

Be Proactive with Industrial Plant Maintenance!

As the name implies, proactive maintenance involves the routine care of your facility before issues arise. It is a plan set in place to protect your facility from potential equipment failure and or regulatory fines. At ACE Environmental, we regularly develop and implement annual, quarterly, monthly and sometimes weekly maintenance plans to keep facilities operating efficiently. Aside from utilizing our multiple vacuum trucks for extractions and our approved MDE Facility for disposal/solidification, our highly skilled team also uses a variety of equipment to perform these maintenance services:

  • Confined Space Entry
  • UST/AST Maintenance/Cleaning
  • Stormwater Maintenance
    • Inlets
    • Catch Basins
    • Drainage Systems
    • Manholes
  • Oil/Grit and Oil Water Separator Cleaning
  • Rain Trough, Floor Drain & Grit Chamber Cleaning
  • Rafter & Ceiling Cleaning
  • Duct Cleaning
  • Combustible Dust Cleaning
  • Facility Disinfection
  • High-Pressured Power Washing/Water Blasting
  • Elevator Shaft Pump Outs

These services, when combined with an appropriate maintenance strategy, will:

  • Save you money
  • Increase safety
  • Decrease any potential production loss

Additionally, any good proactive maintenance plan starts with regular inspections designed to detect and address minor issues. This approach also includes performing routine tasks in order to keep your facility and equipment running at their best. When it comes to industrial plant maintenance, thinking proactively is critical as it:

  • Eliminates unexpected downtime
  • Eliminates production loss caused by failure
  • Minimizes remediation costs
  • Mitigates equipment and facility devaluation
  • Keeps facility compliant to regulatory requirements
  • Keeps employees safe

Remember, proactive maintenance is more than just tightening a few nuts or bolts. It includes industrial cleaning of both the equipment and facility.

Industrial plant cleaning is more than wiping down equipment or mopping the floor. These cleaning tasks can be very detailed, such as:

  • Cleaning small lines or drains
  • Cleaning in a confined space, vacuum truck extraction, or high-powered pressure washing of an oil/water separator tank – which may be a dangerous chore.

Why Do I Need Industrial Plant Cleaning Services for My Operation?

Your proactive maintenance plan should be divided into simple upkeep tasks, such as:

  • Maintaining equipment (which can be done by your technicians and engineers) 
  • Industrial cleaning (which requires specialized skills and equipment.)

And we are here to help you!  Take a look at our ACE Visualization to see all the areas we can assist. Remember, if you’d like recent examples of jobs we’ve tackled, especially in the industrial maintenance realm, be sure to visit our Case Studies page. 

Be proactive – it’ll save you more and make your facility safer and more efficient. Contact us today to get your maintenance plan in place (410) 354-8030.