Optimize your maintenance : discover curative and corrective maintenance

Curative involves the complete or partial replacement of equipment and is used as a last resort to provide lasting solutions to serious problems. On the other hand, corrective is more provisional, focused on replacing defective parts without prior planning. Both methods are reactive and differ in their approach and the level of intervention required.

There is generally a distinction between corrective, curative, preventive and predictive maintenance. The first two consist in intervening only when a breakdown occurs, while the other two involve planning maintenance ahead of malfunctions.


Why is it crucial to understand curative and corrective maintenance?

Among the various types of maintenance that exist, curative and corrective maintenance are the fastest-acting. There are, however, fundamental differences between curative and corrective maintenance, both in the approach and in the equipment concerned. Understanding the nuances of each allows you to better prepare your repair operations according to your equipment and resources.


Curative Maintenance: What is it, and when is it used?

definition-de-la-maintenance-preventive-machine-2-1Curative maintenance involves replacing all or a part of a piece of equipment. In the event of a breakdown that cannot be fixed temporarily, more in-depth measures are carried out on the defective device. Often seen as a last resort, corrective maintenance can become a major operation, both in terms of effort and cost. However, it will provide a lasting solution for equipment that has reached the end of its useful life or is badly damaged. For example, it can be used to replace a worn-out battery rather than recharging it very frequently, or to replace a leaky pipe rather than plugging the hole.


  • Longer lasting repairs
  • Low initial costs
  • Fault resolution only when necessary


  • Potentially high cost if the fault is critical
  • Possible machine downtime for large-scale replacements
  • Unpredictability can damage the company’s productivity and reputation


Corrective Maintenance: How does it work, and what are the benefits?

trouver-le-niveau-optimal-de-maintenance-preventive-1-1-360x428-1-150x150Unlike curative maintenance, corrective maintenance is a temporary measure. With this type of maintenance, defective parts are replaced, and the equipment is left in its original condition. This might involve replacing a ball bearing, a broken belt or a machine filter. Generally, we distinguish between:

  • Planned corrective maintenance, which involves monitoring a machine’s condition and allowing it to fall into fault before any action is taken
  • Unplanned corrective maintenance, which involves intervening only when a problem is detected


  • Simplicity of organization (little or no planning)
  • Short-term profitability
  • Limited downtime


  • Potentially high long-term costs
  • Weak security
  • Unpredictability (the parts to be replaced cannot be known in advance)


Curative or corrective maintenance: How can you choose the best strategy for your company?


The main points of comparison between the two types of maintenance are as follows:


Curative maintenance

Corrective maintenance

Type of intervention

Reaction to a fault once it has occurred

Reaction to a dysfunction once identified


No advance planning required

May involve planning according to priorities and availability


High operating costs due to unplanned downtime and emergency repairs

Variable operating costs depending on the frequency of dysfunctions

Lifespan of the equipment

May shorten equipment lifespan due to frequent repairs

May extend equipment lifespan if repairs are carried out quickly

Cases of applications

In situations where other methods cannot be implemented or justified.

Can be used to resolve immediate problems before implementing preventive or predictive maintenance


Striking the right balance between corrective and curative maintenance can extend the life of equipment without the need for preventive maintenance. Thanks to planned corrective maintenance and reactive curative maintenance, it is possible to achieve good operational efficiency without any considerable planning effort.

Preventive Maintenance Mob Preventive Maintenance


How can Computerize Maintenance Management Software transform your maintenance operations?

Whether you opt for corrective or curative maintenance, it’s important to limit the amount of unforeseen events. A better understanding of the condition of the machines will enable us to take full advantage of these two types of maintenance.

Computerized maintenance management system provides greater visibility of the machine fleet and valuable information to react quickly:

    • Time-saving: all equipment information is recorded, enabling maintenance requirements to be quickly understood
    • Better organization: understanding faults enables us to optimize stocks and interventions, and thus limit cost overruns in the long term
    • Error minimization: resource management, notifications and automation are essential features for reliable maintenance
    • Tracking: computerized maintenance management system keeps a history of interventions for complete tracking

The DIMO Maint solution gives you a 360° view of your machine fleet, so you can better manage your interventions, whether planned or not.


Why not take the first step towards optimized maintenance with us?

Because of their limited preventive dimension, curative and preventive maintenance must be rigorously managed. CMMS provides invaluable indicators for reactive and reliable maintenance, and makes it possible to plan curative and corrective maintenance with greater peace of mind.

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