Effective Maintenance Troubleshooting: 6 Key Elements

We in the reliability consulting and training profession, spend the majority of our time teaching ways to prevent equipment and system failure. Knowledge of effective troubleshooting practices can go a long way toward getting equipment back on line quickly. Unfortunately, due to many reasons troubleshooting occupies too much of a technician's time.

Working as a maintenance technician for 17 years I learned many tips and tricks for troubleshooting equipment. In the past 11 years working in consulting I have refined those field-learned tips and tricks into repeatable processes. You might consider these six key elements to improve your troubleshooting skills:

Fix Your Leaks: The Consequences of Leaking Equipment

If the culture of your organization is such that instead of fixing leaking equipment you build dams of absorbent socks, fabricate “drip-pans”, permanently attach vacuum systems to collect coolant, oil, or water and empty them back into the appropriate reservoir; you are at risk.

Why Should Leaks Be Fixed?