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UK maintenance practices are a cause for concern

08 April 2016

A recent report, published by Bosch Rexroth and the Institute of Engineering and Technology, surveyed nearly 300 engineers in UK industry. It identified that maintenance practices continue to be a cause for concern. 

A total of 32% of manufacturers who took part in the survey described their maintenance as being reactive with less than 30% implementing either predictive or preventive maintenance regimes.

"The fact that nearly 30% of manufacturers who took part in the poll would class their maintenance strategy as predictive or preventive is something to be celebrated," said Richard Chamberlain, UK Service Manager at Bosch Rexroth. "However, there is still some way to go both to help bridge the gap for those that continue to take a reactive approach and helping forward looking manufacturers take that extra step towards a more planned maintenance programme."

According to the report, one of the key barriers to adopting a more forward thinking approach by maintenance teams is resource, with 53% of respondents saying that maintenance budgets have stagnated or decreased in recent years, and 64% saying that maintenance personnel numbers have similarly stayed the same or reduced. "Maintenance resource is the major issue for manufacturers," said Chamberlain. "All-too-often, maintenance teams are stretched too thinly to be able to be more planned and predictive, instead resorting to firefighting to keep machines running." ‘What you don’t repair you destroy – A report into maintenance practices in UK Industry’ by Bosch Rexroth can be downloaded from

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