Maintenance Matters . . .

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Don’t Worry About It . . .

Long ago I checked the oil on a company F-350 that I needed to use to haul some wood mouldings. Nobody told me to check the oil. It was already an ingrained habit from operating farm equipment. Always check your fluids — all of them.

The oil was black and tarry. I had never seen anything like it before.

I mentioned this fact to the company owner.

“Don’t worry about it,” he said. “It’s on a lease.”

I cringed when I heard that. To make a long story short . . . the truck later required some major service . . . and the wood moulding plant — built with a government loan — experienced several fires, resulting in the eventual loss of the business to the auction gavel.

The Golden Window of Opportunity

Anything made has a service life. Almost anything made needs both routine and preventative maintenance (PM) or it won’t even come close to its expected life. Pay now or pay later.

But investment in maintenance shouldn’t be a burden. In fact it can — and should— represent an opportunity.

That window of opportunity presents itself in the period of time a part or system starts to show poor performance — prior to a repair being made. The part may be in a sub-critical condition and is doing its job, but could be showing signs of wear, a need of an adjustment or a service. This is the time replace the part or do the repair — before it fails.

The window of opportunity is the basis of a good maintenance. Good maintenance means preventative maintenance. Most of our maintenance efforts (translation: 80%) should be preventative maintenance.

Another key to good maintenance results is the preventative maintenance inspection.

Risk-Based Preventative Maintenance Inspections (PMI)

• Insure risk of failure is reduced to as low as possible.

• Result in optimum inspection schedules.

•.Focus inspection efforts on the the most critical areas.

• Create value from inspections.

There are many apps out there that can help in setting up or refining your preventative maintenance program.

Than you for reading this.