An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Maybe you’ve heard the famous Benjamin Franklin quote. At Facility Health Inc, it’s a maxim we take to heart. We truly believe a predictive approach to facility management is the most successful, but we also know the transition from reactive to predictive maintenance is a difficult one.

The process we follow involves eight steps:

  1. Understand the Facility Health Index & make the commitment to get started
  2. Evaluate your CMMS data standards
  3. Determine Asset Life, Safety, & Risk Classification
  4. Complete a Dynamic Facility Condition Assessment (DFCA)
  5. View your facility’s health & performance with the Origin Solution
  6. Measure results, Manage Your Budgets, and optimize your predictive maintenance strategy
  7. Optional: Understand your facility’s footprint with an Energy Performance Audit
  8. Optional: Automate your compliance process with the Origin Compliance Module

You may have already completed some of them, but everyone builds from the ground up.

It’s similar to Maslov’s Hierarchy of Needs.  According to his paper A Theory of Human Motivation, he theorizes that certain human needs must be met before others. Perhaps you’ve seen the pyramid illustration used to demonstrate this. At the bottom is physiological needs like food, shelter, and water. Basically everything humans need to physically survive. The next level, safety, cannot be achieved until the first is met.

A reactive approach to maintenance is like fulfilling only the physiological needs. There isn’t time, money, or energy for anything else. Working your way up the pyramid–and our eight steps–takes an extra push. Life gets easier the higher you rise, but it also takes more work.

This may make the process seem tedious. A lot of people approach this change with the expectation that it’ll be complete within a few months, maybe a year. This just isn’t true. A proactive approach to management is more than a checklist of items to achieve. A cultural shift needs to happen within the staff, and that can take years.

You may be asking yourself, is it worth it?

The simple answer: yes.

Once you’ve fully adopted a predictive model, you won’t have to keep running around and putting out fires. Instead, with an ounce of prevention, you can make sure your facility avoids paying for mistakes by the pound. If you’re willing to get your hands dirty and put in the extra effort, you can achieve real efficiency.

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