Maintenance tips and tricks

Avoid the downtime iceberg

Part 2 of 3

You can ignore maintenance, but you can’t ignore the consequences of ignoring maintenance

Avoid the downtime iceberg

To measure the profit potential of an effective maintenance program you have to know the real costs involved and that includes a lot more than parts and labour. Those are just the visible part of the iceberg, there’s a lot more below the surface. 

Here are three things to think about when you’re calculating the return on your maintenance spend:


Reliability Reliability

1. Reliability and downtime are different ways of looking at the same problem. You need to pay attention to both.

Reliability measures how often a machine fails while downtime measures how long it takes to put it back in service. Both impact profitability and both need to be tracked to assess the effectiveness of your maintenance program. Tools like the Perkins® SmartCap when paired with the free Perkins® My Engine App can help you document both. 

Download the free Perkins - My Engine App from the Apple or Google app stores to learn more about your engine’s recommended service and maintenance program.

2. Machine downtime impacts a lot more than the machine that’s down. Someone or something has to pick up the slack and that can be expensive.

Very few companies can afford to have spare equipment sitting idle “just-in-case” something fails on a jobsite. It’s much more likely the other machines and operators there will have to pick up the extra load and the additional wear and tear and fatigue that comes with it. An effective maintenance program will help avoid both the downtime and the extra costs of compensating for it.

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Cost of ordering parts Cost of ordering parts

3. The cost of ordering parts may well be more than the cost of the parts themselves. Here’s where the right technology really can make a difference.

The Perkins My Engine App is your gateway to a comprehensive support system including detailed engine information and one-click on-line parts ordering at Thousands of genuine Perkins parts are in stock for overnight delivery. You can access them by engine model or serial number at to be sure the parts you get will fit your engine every time.

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And key to any maintenance program is ensuring that work on your engine is performed to a high standard. You rely on your machines and need to be sure they work well under tough conditions. Perkins authorised distributors have extensive expertise, helpful service staff and genuine parts to support you, whatever your need.

The knowledge and technical excellence that Perkins has built up over 87 years of engineering experience are shared by our distributors. It forms the heart of how they help us serve our customers. Find your local distributor here.


Whether you own one Perkins engine or have a small fleet of Perkins powered machines, the free Perkins® My Engine App gives you all your engine information, wherever you are.

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Whether you are a machine owner, operate a rental business or a repair and engineering workshop, the Perkins shop gives you quick and easy access to the most frequently ordered Perkins parts.

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Your regional Perkins distributor can provide local, on-the-ground engine support to help you meet your business goals, providing your with genuine Perkins parts and expert service.

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Part 1 - Manage your investment?

Most equipment owners view maintenance as a cost, but in the long run it’s much more productive to see it as a profit center. Your equipment is only making money when it’s working and it will work longer when it’s properly maintained.

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Part 3 - Non-Productive Costs - Small Business, Big Impact

Owner-run small businesses are the backbone of the economy and nobody feels the impact of non-productive costs more quickly or directly than the hands-on entrepreneur. When it comes to maintenance it’s often either do it yourself or delegate to someone.

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