It is also well known that many machines contain defects when newly installed. These defects can range from improper installation, caused by poor footings and poor alignment, to defective parts within the machine, such as bad bearings, bent shaft, and so forth. A pro-active maintenance program will include testing on new installations for the purpose of certification and verification that the performance is held to a rigid standard. The same standards are applied to rebuilt and overhauled equipment.
This type of testing can also lead to the establishment of specific performance specifications that in many cases are more stringent than the equipment manufacturer’s specifications and tolerances.
An essential part of a pro-active approach is the training of maintenance personnel in the application of the underlying principles.
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