Such a system if at all it can be called one can

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Such a system, if at all it can be called one, can continue for some time, but unfortunately once breakdowns begin to take place they have a tendency to recur at an ever-increasing frequency. Hence, once the cycle of breakdowns starts, they are prone to occur over again at an alarming frequency. Thus every breakdown begins to have a sense of emergency. When the plant breakdown takes, and of course while the defective machine lies idles, no production takes place. To tide over the immediate crisis, ad hoc repairs are somehow done but at a tremendous cost; idle capacity it utilized with a sigh of relief until the same problems is repeated. The reprieve is so short lived, because nobody is concerned about or prepared to face the chronic state of disrepair, which creates such an emergency. This apathy continues because of the lack of information on (a) the reasons for the breakdowns, since no records have been maintained; (b) how to carry out the repairs; (c) how to acquire the spares; (d) who is qualified enough to undertakes the repair; and (e) the exact fund from which payment has to be made for these works.
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135 10.3.2.2 Routine Maintenance Routine can be defined as a procedure followed regularly or as a cyclic operation recurring periodically. Let us, example, examine the following routine checks belonging to a fictitious organization, to understand the nature of this cyclic operation recurring periodically; a) Check all compressors on Mondays. b) Lubricate and inspect two machines daily. This cycle has to be repeated after all the machines are completed. c) Service all machine after 1000 hours of operation. d) Give your attention to; Monday-lathes; Tuesday passes; Wednesday grinders; Thursday-millers; Friday-machine tools; Saturday-electrical machinery. e) All electrical motors to be inspected in the first week of every month and all starters in the second week. In all these examples, routines are being established by defining the time available for each task and the number of units to be attended to within that time frame. This means that a frequency is being established which, therefore, sets a pattern. Thus by estimating the time needed to do a particular unit will attain in a year, in half a year, or in a month is known. Or the frequency of service gets defined. Alternatively, we can define the frequency of service, which we insist upon. Then, the total number of man-hours can be calculated to carry out the job. The advantages of this system are that if (a) is simple to follow and establish; (b) does not require any clerical work; (c) can give somewhat good results; (e) prolongs life of machinery, equipment and facilities. But, this system needs a supporting crew for repairs. Compared to be breakdowns system approach, each machine under routine surveillance will t least be serviced once a year, if not more often. Then the defects that the slowly developing are likely o be discovered and looked into, and eliminated before they can cause any major stoppage. Also, a very high number of failures,
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