Corrective maintenance

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Inflight maintenance checklist procedure before starting waste collection system repair on board the Atlantis shuttle.

Corrective maintenance is a maintenance task performed to identify, isolate, and rectify a fault so that the failed equipment, machine, or system can be restored to an operational condition within the tolerances or limits established for in-service operations.[1]


A French official standard defines "corrective maintenance" as maintenance which is carried out after failure detection and is aimed at restoring an asset to a condition in which it can perform its intended function (NF EN 13306 X 60-319 standard, June 2010).[2]

Corrective maintenance can be subdivided into "immediate corrective maintenance" (in which work starts immediately after a failure) and "deferred corrective maintenance" (in which work is delayed in conformance to a given set of maintenance rules).


The technical standards concerning corrective maintenance are set by IEC 60050 chapter 191 °Dependability and quality of service"[3]

The NF EN 13306 X 60-319 is a subset of IEC 60050-191.[4]


The decision to choose corrective maintenance as a method of maintenance is a decision depending on several factors as the cost of downtime, reliability characteristics and redundancy of assets.[5]


The steps of corrective maintenance are, following failure, diagnosis – elimination of the part, causing the failure – ordering the replacement – replacement of the part – test of function and finally the continuation of use.

The basic form of corrective maintenance is a step-by-step procedure. The object's failure triggers the steps. Modern technologies as the use of Industry 4.0 features reduce the inherent drawbacks of corrective maintenance.[6] by e.g. providing device history, fault patterns, repair advice or availability of spare parts.

See also[edit]


  • L.C. Morow: Maintenance Engineering Hand Book, Mc Graw Hill, New York, 1952
  • S. Nakajima: Introduction to TPM, Productivity Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1988
  • Peter Willmott: Total Production Maintenance the Western Way, Butterworth, Heinemann, First Published 1994, Oxford, London


  1. ^ MIL-STD-3034 Reliability-centered maintenance (RCM) Process Archived 2011-09-27 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Maintenance exécutée après détection d'une panne et destinée à remettre un bien dans un état dans lequel il peut accomplir une fonction requise."
  3. ^ "International Electrotechnical vocabulary - Chapter 191: Dependability and quality of service" (ITU-T Recommendation E.800)".
  4. ^ "DIN EN 13306:2010-12". Berlin: Beuth Verlag.
  5. ^ Christer Stenström, Per Norrbin, Aditya Parida, Uday Kumar (2016). "Preventive and corrective maintenance – cost comparison and cost-benefit analysis". Structure and Infrastructure Engineering Maintenance, Management, Life-Cycle Design and Performance. 12 (5): 603–617. doi:10.1080/15732479.2015.1032983.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  6. ^ "Mobile Maintenance : Proof of Industry 4.0 Paback". Control Engineering Europe. June 2018. ISSN 1741-4237.