How to create a preventive maintenance schedule using Excel 

A quick 5-minute step-by-step guide where you will learn how to quickly create a preventative maintenance schedule in Excel.
How to create a preventive maintenance schedule using Excel 
Written by
Darren Stewart
Published on
April 12, 2023
If you don’t want to use a simple digital maintenance management system and want to manually manage your preventative maintenance schedule then in this article we will cover how creating a preventive maintenance schedule using Excel is a straightforward process.
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Follow these step-by-step instructions:

Step 1: Open Excel and Set Up the Worksheet

  • Launch Microsoft Excel and open a new worksheet.
  • Rename the first sheet to something like "Preventive Maintenance Schedule."
  • Create column headers for the necessary information, such as "Asset/Equipment", "Maintenance Task", "Frequency", "Last Maintenance Date", and "Next Maintenance Date".

Step 2: List Assets and Maintenance Tasks

  • In the "Asset/Equipment" column, list all the assets or equipment that require preventive maintenance.
  • In the "Maintenance Task" column, specify the maintenance tasks needed for each asset.

Step 3: Set Maintenance Frequency

  • In the "Frequency" column, determine how often each maintenance task should be performed. This could be daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, or any other appropriate interval.

Step 4: Input Last Maintenance Dates

  • In the "Last Maintenance Date" column, enter the date when each maintenance task was last performed.

Step 5: Calculate Next Maintenance Dates

  • In the "Next Maintenance Date" column, calculate the next maintenance date for each task using Excel formulas. For example, if the frequency is monthly, you can use the formula "=EDATE([Last Maintenance Date],1)" to calculate the next date after one month from the last maintenance date.

Step 6: Highlight Due Dates

  • To make it easier to identify upcoming maintenance tasks, use conditional formatting to highlight dates that are approaching or overdue. You can apply different colours to differentiate between tasks that are due soon and those that are overdue.

Step 7: Add Additional Columns (Optional)

  • If needed, you can add extra columns for notes, responsible personnel, or any other relevant information that might help in managing preventive maintenance.

Step 8: Save and Update Regularly

  • Save the Excel file and update the schedule regularly as maintenance tasks are performed and new due dates are calculated.

Step 9: Print or Share the Schedule

  • Once you've created and updated the preventive maintenance schedule, you can print it or share it digitally with relevant personnel, maintenance teams, or management.

By following these step-by-step instructions, you can create a simple preventive maintenance schedule using Microsoft Excel. Most people over time discover that a spreadsheet can become difficult to maintain, especially as the maintenance operation grows or becomes more complex for some reason. 

At this point it is usually worth looking into a CMMS, a computerised maintenance management software. A CMMS has a preventative maintenance scheduling feature built in, amongst lots of other useful features.

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