The pressure to keep equipment running continuously is greater than ever. As demand for output continues to grow, a facility’s maintenance engineers, who wear many hats in their day-to-day duties, must walk a fine line when it comes to scheduled maintenance. Taking a section of a plant down, even for a few hours, can have major financial implications. At the same time, this cost has to be balanced with the what-if scenarios of unscheduled maintenance.
In a perfect world
Ideally, a program of scheduled maintenance exists; in some cases, such maintenance might have to wait until a mechanical shutdown, for any reason, occurs.
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