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Why preventive maintenance fails (and how to fix it)

By Kenneth J. Staller, for IndustryWeek

Dec 16, 2015

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Is your facility struggling to design an effective preventive maintenance (PM) program?

An endless parade of books and articles tell us how to “do” PM. But it’s one thing to read and another entirely to implement. Here’s what great preventive maintenance programs should include:

  • Scheduled inspections and lubrication samplings that determine the physical state of machine components.
  • The lubrications, adjustments and documentation of needed repairs identified during inspections, which prevent unnecessary wear and failure of machine components.
  • To ensure safety and maximize production uptime, inspections and repairs should happen during scheduled plant shut downs when all machines are safely locked out.

If developing a PM program is such no brainer, why doesn’t every company have one in place?

Read more about the four reasons why PM programs are a challenge to implement, starting with: (1) we didn’t lay the groundwork/ have the right systems.