To survive in today's world of "lean and mean" operations, we cannot wait for breakdowns. As a matter of fact, we should make responding to breakdowns the exception in our daily workload, not the norm. A successful and effective maintenance operation has to break away from the "fix it when it breaks" mentality. The successful operation should not reward heroic repairs, but rather look at the catastrophic breakdowns, which require heroic repairs, as a failure of their assets maintenance program. The ultimate goal of the maintenance department should be to STOP things from breaking, increase assets availability and reliability and do so with the lowest costs. Our Maintenance Planning and Management courses include best practices to achieve this ultimate goal.