Both reactive and proactive approaches to maintenance have advantages and disadvantages. It is up to you to choose which method is best matched to your operation.
Maintaining a plate heat exchanger and its related cost is not just a good idea it is a requirement for any winning business strategy concerned with its sustained manufacturing productivity. It is safe to say that it would be unusual to find someone in this industry that does not consider in having a plate heat exchanger maintenance strategy. The solution is its scope and usefulness.
The challenge comes from knowing when to spend on maintenance efforts with a look toward a satisfactory return on that investment and when maintenance can be successful through lower-cost methods. This is not essentially an either/or proposition: It is more of a good balancing act with a look toward the best methods of maintenance to garner the greatest equipment productivity. It is not just spending money on maintenance that leads to effective productivity; it is spending money sensibly.