From Leaking Oil to Sealing Profits: How Proactive Maintenance Saves Thousands

August 6, 2023

Maintenance is a vital yet challenging aspect for businesses dealing with heavy machinery. The choice between a reactive or proactive maintenance approach can significantly impact operational efficiency and the bottom line.

Section 1: The Costly Pitfalls of Reactive Maintenance

Reactive maintenance, also known as a 'run-to-failure' approach, addresses problems only when they arise, which often leads to an accumulation of unresolved maintenance tasks. This approach faces a series of challenges:

1. Poor Data Quality: Without a reliable system to manage pre-start checks, the data reported to the workshop on faults and servicing is often insufficient or inaccurate.

2. Delayed Services & Faults: The lack of systematic tracking means only 'critical' services and faults are addressed, leading to a growing backlog of maintenance tasks.

3. Snowball Effect: Small faults that could have been fixed early on evolve into substantial issues causing unnecessary downtime, increased maintenance expense, and even compliance risks.

Consider a case where the lack of regular greasing and inspections led to a compactor breaking down for six weeks. This situation cost the business approximately $30k-$40k in new parts and lost opportunity cost.

Section 2: Embracing Proactive Maintenance

On the other end of the spectrum, proactive maintenance anticipates problems and takes preventive measures to avoid escalation. This approach involves:

1. Preventive Maintenance Schedules: Implementing a regular schedule for maintenance tasks.

2. Digital Work Orders: Streamlining maintenance tasks with digital work orders.

3. Tracking Results: Monitoring the results of maintenance activities to identify trends and areas for improvement.

Proactive maintenance becomes feasible with Nomad's innovative solution. We offer QR code-based data collection to ensure pre-starts are thoroughly utilised, automation for managing faults and services, and an easy-to-use dashboard providing a real-time fleet status overview.

Section 3: Making the Switch - Case Study of a Civil Contractor

One our civil contractor client completed a successful transition from reactive to proactive maintenance, achieved with Nomad's system. By switching to proactive maintenance, they saved 40% of their maintenance and downtime expenditure.

By implementing Nomad's system, contractors can benefit from:

1. Increased Accountability: The digital system identified faults at the operator level, driving accountability within the team.

2. Reduced Downtime: The time taken for servicing and fault repairs was minimized due to proactive organization of servicing kits and addressing faults promptly.

3. Efficient Resource Utilization: Mechanics could simultaneously address multiple faults and services, enhancing their productivity.


Switching from reactive to proactive maintenance might seem like a monumental task, but the transition pays dividends. Nomad's system can help make this switch seamless and worthwhile. It's time to stop the oil leak and start sealing profits with proactive maintenance.