Should You Follow Manufacturer Recommended Maintenance Schedules?

(Video Transcript)

Hi Everyone. I’m Nancy Regan. And in this video, we’re going to talk about why it’s so important that you sanity-check the manufacturer recommended maintenance for your equipment.

Yes, I am laying on my kitchen floor at my cat’s food bowl, but it’s all in the name of Reliability. See, one of our cats, Trudy, she was getting really sick every day. Meaning she was throwing up like three, four, five, sometimes even six times a day. Well, obviously that had to stop, and we needed to get to the bottom of it.

So, I took her to the vet and the vet said that he thought she had a food sensitivity. See, I had tried changing her food. I tried this one and then I went to this one and she seemed to like them. She seemed really excited when I put the food in her bowl, but then she just got sick. So, the veterinarian said she needed a special kind of food.

In fact, now what she eats is a hydrolyzed…it’s called hydrolyzed protein and it’s actually very expensive. It’s $60 a bag. But now Trudy doesn’t get sick at all. Now she eats and she’s just as happy as a clam and she doesn’t get sick anymore. And that is what reminded me about Maintenance and Reliability ~ specifically Manufacturer Recommended Maintenance Tasks.

See the thing about the tasks that your manufacturer might recommend is, they might be good and technically appropriate for the machine. But what the manufacturer doesn’t know is your operating environment.

The manufacturer doesn’t know how often you’re going to use your equipment and where you’re going to use it. Are you going to use it outside or you going to use it inside in a controlled environment? See all of these things affect how our equipment works and can affect what kind of maintenance tasks we do on our equipment. Or maybe the maintenance task is fine, but maybe the interval needs to be changed because of the operating environment.

So, there you have it. What I learned from my cat Trudy is that one size does not fit all. And that goes for your equipment as well. So, sanity-check your Manufacturer Recommended Tasks and make sure they’re appropriate, given your operating environment.

Just like with my cat Trudy, her Operating Context was that she’s got a food allergy. So she needed a special food. Just like your machines may need some special attention and some different maintenance tasks. I’m Nancy Regan. Thank you for watching.

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Nancy Regan

I started to help organizations gain an understanding of maintenance and reliability basics. After all, the basics pervade just about every asset management solution out there ~ and they’re embedded in Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM).


  1. kareem fathy ibrahim on September 15, 2020 at 12:32 am

    beautiful tips specially for time -based maintenance in which equipment is maintained regularly as per manufacturer’s recommendations cycles.

    • Nancy Regan on September 28, 2020 at 11:49 am


      Thank you so much!


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