Maintenance is the care given to a machine to ensure that it operates correctly and that it receives the required lubrication and adjustments. All machines require maintenance. Failure to provide adequate maintenance can shorten the life of the machine and/or increase its operating costs. Manufacturers specify the amount of resources that a machine will need to maintain its operation. The owner/operator's responsibility is to ensure that the maintenance is accomplished on schedule, based on the manufacturer's recommendations in the owner's manual. This schedule must be followed for the machine to reach its designed potential in performance and longevity.
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