8 factors of design for maintainability
The first time I changed the oil filter of my car (first car in high school) I smashed my knuckles against a grimy block of metal. More than once. It may have been my lack of experience or improper tools. Or, it may have been a rather poor design.
Watching the Indy 500, especially the pit stops, I quickly realized there has to be something different about those cars that lets them change tires, add oil & fuel, and clean the windshield in less time than it took me to get under the hood and find the oil filter. The cars were designed differently and that is what permitted the difference in service time.
In order to increase availability and minimize the cost of maintenance, we have to deliberately design the system to accommodate the needs of maintenance. [Read more…]