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Step Six entails adherence to strict preventive maintenance schedules so that equipment downtime is a rare occurrence. The attainment of single-piece flow and the unfailing meeting of customer demand require equip­ment to run without unplanned, emergency breakdowns. Henry Ford stressed that "machines do not often break down, for there is continuous cleaning and repair work on every bit of machinery in the place." Preventive maintenance responsibilities are defined, and maintenance personnel are trained and certified in maintenance of specific equipment and in the basics of total productive maintenance. Preventive maintenance scheduling is computerized, and company after company is realizing the benefits of computerized maintenance systems (CMS). These systems assist in scheduling work, planning and adhering to preventive maintenance schedules, tracking and controlling costs, and maintaining required levels of spare parts. Required preventive maintenance actions are clearly defined with estimated times for completion, and accurate maintenance histories are kept current and posted. Predictive maintenance tools such as vibration analysis, infrared monitoring of circuits, fluid analysis, amp/voltage readings, ultrasonic testing, and pressure/temperature readings are used to identify the need for preventive maintenance prior to failure.

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