From The Field: A PM Lesson Learned The Hard Way

A problem that I thought would be a simple fix, soon turned into a two-week nightmare. Making matters worse, the work I had produced was failing quality specifications, as maintenance had been ignored and the machine was off by a tenth of an inch.

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What happens when you drive your car too long without changing the oil? Hopefully everyone reading this realizes, eventually you’ll have to change the engine! I knew this since I started driving, and I knew that a little Preventive Maintenance goes a long way. However, sometimes I fail to use that knowledge in my everyday life.

While working production, I would try to finish jobs as quickly as possible, getting as much done as I could to make sure the boss was happy. I even went as far as to avoid doing any maintenance that might slow down my output. I was pushing work out the door as fast as I ever had, when POW, my machine broke. A problem that I thought would be a simple fix, soon turned into a two-week nightmare. Making matters worse, the work I had produced was failing quality specifications, as maintenance had been ignored and the machine was off by a tenth of an inch.

This put a massive amount of stress on me. I had my supervisor, his boss, and his boss’s boss complaining about downtime due to my “management by crisis” ways of doing things. Although I had always heard, “if ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” I now realized the error of my ways.

By ensuring the equipment was running properly, and not in need of repairs, I could have avoided this catastrophe. Adopting a Preventive Maintenance Plan is a simple step towards increasing efficiency and sustainability. Give me a call for some easy tips to create your preventive maintenance schedule.

Perhaps you have a Preventive Maintenance schedule of your own. If so, feel free to share it in the comments section below.

James Brown, Application Specialist of Controlled Release Technologies, Inc., a research, development and manufacturing firm based in Shelby, North Carolina. CRT is an EnergyStar Partner and manufacturer of independently-certified Green products for HVAC maintenance. Since 1986, CRT has been creating leading edge HVAC maintenance products that have become industry standards, used in thousands of commercial buildings world-wide. CRT employees are members of BOMA, ASHRAE, ASHE and the American Chemical Society. www.cleanac.com (800) 766-9057.


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