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Make It Maintainable

When maintaining equipment that lacks maintainability features, track the additional time/cost to justify a maintainability upgrade.

Plant production equipment and the electrical equipment composing the plant’s electrical infrastructure typically isn’t designed for maintainability. For example, zircs (i.e., grease fittings) are typically installed in a threaded hole near the bearing instead of at the end of a lubrication tube where it would be much easier to get at. Why is that maintainability feature omitted? Because it costs money to include, and end-user bean counters typically don’t want to pay for it

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