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Coping versus Curing

Two things you can do to cope with a repetitive equipment breakdown.

When you have a repetitive breakdown, experts advise determining the root cause and fixing it. But that is not always feasible or possible. Maybe it’s 11 months until the next shutdown, or the line’s being discontinued soon and management won’t invest, or the fix just doesn’t pass the company’s cost/benefit analysis. But this problem adversely affects maintenance metrics and resources. If you can’t cure the problem, then cope with it better. Let’s loo

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