When most people think of preventive maintenance, they visualize scheduled, ﬁxed-interval maintenance that is done every day, every month, every quarter, every season, or at some other predetermined interval. Timing may be based on days or on intervals such as miles, gallons, activations, or hours of use. The use of performance intervals is itself a step toward basing preventive tasks on actual need instead of just on a generality.
The two main elements of ﬁxed-interval preventive maintenance are procedure and discipline. Procedure means that the correct tasks are done and the right lubricants applied and consumables replaced at the best interval. Discipline requires that all the tasks are planned and controlled so that everything is done when it should be done. Both of these areas deserve attention. The topic of procedures is covered in detail in the following sections.
R. Keith Mobley.