Therefore, ask yourself about or perform the following:
- What technical documentation about the equipment is available?
- How exactly is the equipment supposed to operate?
- Are there any previous lessons learned?
- Review any material history that exists for the equipment.
- Identify similar equipment to which you can compare the malfunctioning equipment. This can be especially helpful if there is limited technical data available for the equipment that is malfunctioning.
To read more about this step and see it applied to a boiler feed pump example, click here to read the Basic Electrical Troubleshooting document.
Over the next six weeks we are going to detail each step. Next week’s topic will be Understanding the Malfunction.
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