Maintenance is Scheduled Care…

Maintenance is a form of care that takes intention and discipline. It prevents catastrophic loss and allows for losses and a lack of availability to be planned for.

My grandfather recently described how important maintenance was in the job he retired from. He was a mechanic and had to keep the paper mill machines running. If one of his three machines went down the other two had to pick up the slack. This caused undue strain on the two working machines as they covered for the machine in repair. He would much rather schedule maintenance for each machine to make sure the other machine could handle the extra strain. If the other two machines were not maintained they would also fail in a domino effect after the first machine failed. Maintenance always seems unnecessary until you realize you haven’t been doing it.

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