Maintenance Fads vs. Reality

If you’ve been in maintenance very long, you’ve seen fads come and go. Maintenance fads generally possess the following characteristics

If you’ve been in maintenance very long, you’ve seen fads come and go. Maintenance fads generally possess the following characteristics:

  • The training is heavy on new buzzwords, making the program appear to be some sort of "new science."
  • The program originates with a paper presented by a single company (not an industry group), whose staff established its credentials in fields other than maintenance.
  • The program either repackages maintenance knowledge/standards or prescribes a new system detached from existing maintenance standards.
New maintenance practices can be not only worthwhile, but also game-changing. They can even come from manufacturers and service providers, rather than maintenance practitioners. But they need to be reality-based, or they’ll catch fire and then flame out. In our next issue, we’ll look at characteristics of reality-based maintenance practices.
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