Voices: Boiler Room

Thinking about resurrecting used equipment?

R. Keith Mobley says it's going to take a dose of predictive maintenance to avoid a headache.

By R. Keith Mobley
Oct 21, 2011

If you’ve been around the business world for a while, chances are you’ve been burned at least once by used equipment. Or, you’ve tried to restart an old, mothballed system that simply no longer functioned. In the early days, this was a frequent occurrence, an accepted cost of doing business. We took our chances and hoped that the equipment would, or could be made to, operate reliability. In those days, we had little choice - there was no way to measure the equipment’s operating condition. Fortunately, things have changed. Predictive maintenance technologies provide a cost-effective means of verifying the operating condition before we buy or install.

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