The burden of preventative maintenance, a manufacturer's challenge
CIM Bulletin, Vol. 85, No. 964, 1992
E. Nilsson, Atlas Copco Tunnelling and Mining AB Sweden, and A. Ouellette, Atlas Copco Construction & Mining N.A.
Preventative maintenance is a burden for equipment users but a demand from the machine suppliers to ensure performance. Machine availability depends on preventative maintenance being followed.
Mining equipment is becoming more and more sophisticated and productive, yet less and less time is available for preventative maintenance. Manufacturers invest in reducing costs, simplifying operating requirements, and lowering maintenance requirements, but it is the users who must invest more heavily in the advanced maintenance systems to keep the units operating.