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Maintenance Planning, Part 1

The same bean counters who seem to have no problem funding the signage and new paint job trumpeting the latest corporate initiative are almost pathological about starving maintenance of the resources needed for proper planning.

The old adage, “When you fail to plan, you plan to fail” seems to fit maintenance (or lack thereof) especially well. Unplanned shutdowns nearly always can be traced back to inadequate maintenance planning. And while there are plenty of studies showing the efficacy of good predictive and preventive maintenance programs, there’s not one study showing that reactive maintenance (chasing maintenance failures) is cost-effective.

Yet, the same bean counters who seem to have

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