In Reply to Parent Post by ricevans
I need the help and opinion of the community. I am preparing a QMS for a R&D facility that has a product nearing commercialization. The QMS is for the commercialized product production only and the facility still has ongoing R&D.
The subject is the PM program. Coming from a maintenance background it’s hard to put non maintenance checks into the plan but here is the situation.
Normal (equipment manufactures recommended) planned maintenance items are scheduled and for the most part performed on time.
Operators perform sanity type checks on their equipment daily prior to the start of whatever they are running. This could include some minor adjustments or turn into a full maintenance action if the equipment doesn’t perform up to expectations, or it could be nothing more than I put it in and it came back out so let’s make a device. When they become maintenance items they are recorded in the maintenance logs.
The question is should these checks be recorded and should they be considered part of the PM procedure? And if they are considered as part of the PM Procedure do they then generate a daily record that I need to control?
Thanks for any help you can give.
In case of machines and equipment that are manned and operated, the sanity checks are more a part of operating procedures which needs no recording. Other periodic maintenance as planned and executed indeed gets recorded along with any reported breakdown calls.
However for service equipment's, like Diesel Generator, Air Compressor, Blower and such other., the PM can be spread over daily, weekly and monthly activities, and the recording can be in the form of check mark across predefined check points.
In case of these equipment being under warranty or a maintenance contract with a third party, these records come in handy when a stoppage occurs. Abnormalities, if any can be spotted timely for a quick action there by avoiding major breakdowns.