May 2016

Special Report: Maintenance/Reliability

Take steps to achieve lubrication maintainability

Do not accept that what the OEM delivered, or how the equipment has been configured for the past 30 years, must be maintained into the future. Optimize yourPM program and look for maintainability improvements to ensure that the right work can be performed in the right way and at the right time.

Barnes, M., Des-Case Corp.

According to IEC 60300-3-10, maintainability refers to “The ease, economy, safety and accuracy with which the necessary maintenance of a product can be undertaken and can be measured, either in terms of probability or in the level of resources required to maintain the item.” In the context of asset management, this can be re-stated simply as, “How easily can a machine be inspected, preventive maintenance performed or repairs effected by how a machine is designed, installed or operated?” While the premise is simple, very few plants are able to achieve a basic level of maintainability. The concept of maintainability is not new. Its origins can be traced back to many of the same philosophies e

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