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Do You Maintain Components or the System?

Maintaining equipment on a component basis instead of as a system could be a time bomb waiting to happen.

Maintenance activities typically focus on individual components (e.g., circuit breakers, switches, transformers). That’s a good way to organize the work, because different components have different maintenance needs. From a strategic point, however, this is not how you want to do it.

We maintain things to keep them from failing. From the component viewpoint, it’s a success when you can keep a transformer in service long past the recommended replacement date. But now you ha

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