Maintenance and Inspection
With the increasing capital sums being invested in ever more sophisticated plant, coupled with rising labour costs, it is not surprising that the maintenance function is claiming attention. Not so long ago it was something of a Cinderella activity, until the influence of military and aeronautical practice brought planned maintenance to industrial management’s notice. This, like other techniques, was hailed as a kind of universal panacea and the maintenance of almost every piece of equipment that moved was duly planned. Today the situation has changed: a more diagnostic analytical approach is being used. The maintenance of facilities has come to be seen as part of general company objectives. Furthermore, the economics of the problem are being examined before embarking upon any changes. At present t it is generally appreciated that it would be futile to increase maintenance costs from, say, £1,000 to £1,500 if down-time costs in the same period amounted to only £900. As with most problem situations, the first step here should be to collect all the relevant facts.
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