A Maintenance System can be assessed by looking at the output - at the end results it achieves, or by assessing it as a process whose elements are defined and managed in accordance with some standard or some established procedures. Whilst the end result cannot be ignored as a measure of the effectiveness of a Maintenance System this handbook concentrates on the assessment of the process itself.
It is the Maintenance System that forms the primary focus of concern of this handbook and other issues are regarded as inputs, outputs or sub-routines operating on that central process. This Handbook gives advice and guidance on fundamental structural and organisational elements involved in a Maintenance System and on methods to establish their existence, their degree of sophistication and their effectiveness.
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