Are you training your personnel on how to properly inspect your assets?

  • Include inspections in your theory and practical training.
  • Identify the items to inspect and explain what to look for on each item.  inspection completed
  • Show the proper procedure and sequence for performing an inspection.
  • Go over circle check inspections—where to start and where to finish.
  • At the beginning of practical training, demonstrate and perform a circle check inspection of the asset.
  • Follow up and observe trainees performing the circle check they previously learned.
  • Document each inspection and keep records.

Why is a proper inspection so important, you might ask?

Here are some major benefits of performing proper inspections:

  • Increased safety for operators and those around them.
  • Reduced asset downtime—if it's down, it's not working to generate profit.
  • Control and reduction of maintenance costs—it's cheaper to fix little problems.
  • Elimination of major repair bills—We all know the no-oil story; don't check the OIL, replace the ENGINE.
  • Reduction of production delays.
  • Compliance with laws requiring inspections and documentation.
  • Reduction and control of injuries—defective or flying parts cause many injuries.
  • Identification of potential problems before they materialize.
  • Increased asset life.

The Bottom Line

Proper inspections save you money!


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