1 IMPORTANCE OF INSPECTION. I n s p e c t i o n i s i m p o r t a n t . I t s p u r p o s e i s t o
l o c a t e and identify existing or potential equipment deficiencies so corrective
maintenance can be planned and initiated. T h e benefits of a well-organized
i n s p e c t i o n program include the following points:
E q u i p m e n t deficiencies are detected in their early stages of
Breakdowns and unscheduled maintenance are reduced.
Maintenance costs are reduced.
Production costs are reduced by fewer breakdowns. Compared to
p r o d u c t i o n loss costs, i n s p e c t i o n costs are negligible.
2 OPERATOR INSPECTION. O p e r a t o r inspection is the periodic inspection of
equipment by the operators. O p e r a t o r s should be given instructions regarding
t h e i r r e s p o n s i b i l i t i e s . Each operator should make a daily check of equipment
a n d report to supervisors all deficiencies found, such as the following
I n a d e q u a t e lubrication
E x c e s s i v e vibration and noise
Abnormal temperatures and pressures
C a p a c i t y reduction
3 PREVENTIVE MAINTENANCE INSPECTION. Preventive maintenance inspection (PM)
i s the periodic inspection of important unattended equipment and systems. It
a l s o includes inspection of operator-attended equipment when the operator
l a c k s the time or training to do it. The PM inspector shall report breakdown
i m m e d i a t e l y to the supervisor. A n y deficiencies found shall be reported to
t h e manager of the Inspection Branch, or equivalent, through the inspectors'
4 CONTROL INSPECTION. C o n t r o l inspection consists of periodic inspections
a n d / o r tests of equipment to determine the physical condition of the
T h e objectives of control inspections are:
T o provide for inspection of all equipment not covered by the operator or
To assure adequacy of operator and PM inspection.
5 REFERENCE. F o r additional information on inspection, refer to NAVFAC
M O - 3 2 2 , Inspection of Shore Facilities.