Routine maintenance

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Routine maintenance
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Routine maintenance is "a procedure to ensure equipment is kept in good condition, and provide a long operating life. Routine maintenance may also discover potential problems, which could cause equipment failure. Potential problems can then be corrected, with a minimum of down time" [1]. In addition, Quality control procedures also belong to routine maintenance because they are designed to ensure correct operation and calibration. Thanks to frequent checking and maintenance, you can familiarize yourself with the equipment and in case of problems, locate their causes faster using the acquired knowledge. If there are bigger problems, careful reporting will help in a faster and more economic response. As an example, you can provide a service engineer who will immediately come with the right parts [2].

What is the purpose of routine maintenance?

This type of maintenance is intended to [3]:

  • Total control of activities and functions.
  • Creating lists of any irregular operations and areas requiring greater involvement.
  • Based on the resulting lists, check that all areas are covered in the warranty and present the results in the appropriate folder. All comments and problems are to be entered into the longbook.
  • If the problems are low weight, you should remove them sooner. If you have a larger problem, you still need to try to complete the rest of the routine maintenance while waiting for a specific problem to be corrected.
  • In case of a specific problem outside the local resource must be corrected immediately, and then ask for help of an electrician or service department. If such a problem is found, you must file the report and enter detailed information in the longbook.
  • Control of all electrical plugs, cables and other electrical connections.
  • Full mechanical control, adjustment and lubrication as required.
  • Hardware calibration testing.
  • Cleaning of the equipment and removal of adhesive tapes or old traces of patches.


  1. I.R. McClelland 2004, pg. 13
  2. I.R. McClelland 2004, pg. 13
  3. I.R. McClelland 2004, pg. 14


Author: Angelika Guzik