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What’s the difference between predictive and preventative maintenance?

Here at Gibbons we provide a comprehensive range of services for industrial and commercial applications, including predictive and preventative maintenance. But what exactly is the difference between the two?

Preventative maintenance

Also known as planned maintenance, this is carried out on a regular basis, with the intention being to reduce the likelihood of failure. The age of equipment and manufacturer’s recommendations are used to make assumptions on expected lifecycle and parts are replaced accordingly.   

Predictive maintenance

Often referred to as condition-based maintenance, this sees the state of operative equipment analysed in order to predict when repairs or upgrades should be carried out. In some cases this may be a more cost-effective method of maintenance as it’s only performed when required rather than at routine intervals.

For many years we’ve provided maintenance packages for clients with varying needs and are always on hand to offer advice on the best course of action. Our experienced engineers visit site and assess equipment before making an informed decision on the most appropriate method of maintenance.

If you’d like to discuss maintenance for your process, whether it’s an HVAC system, humidification equipment or electric motor-driven pump, fan or conveyor application, give Gibbons a call on 01621 868138 or email

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