Maintaining Your Equipment = Peace of Mind

A few nights ago I looked over at my brand-new baby monitor and noticed the red light was blinking which indicated that the battery was low.

Sep 1st, 2008

Afew nights ago I looked over at my brand-new baby monitor and noticed the red light was blinking which indicated that the battery was low. I was only able to find one new battery, so instead of replacing all three dead batteries and seeing the green light, I ended up only being able to change out one battery and seeing a red/green light. The next night the monitor had drained that sad little battery. Why do I bring this up, you ask? Because if I had properly maintained it (i.e. replaced all three batteries instead of just the one) then it would have kept working for a longer time period.

The same way you would look over your car manual so you know when to change the oil, when to check the alternator, or when to rotate your tires, you should check the manual of your service equipment.

Maintaining your equipment is the first step in having your tools ready to go at a moment’s notice. You should read through the manual when you buy new equipment so you’ll know what needs to be done and at what time intervals. This will not only save you money, but it can also prevent mishaps and injuries. Overall, it will give you peace of mind.

In this issue we have a great article by Paul Hull on the topic titled “Keeping It at Its Best”. I recommend reading over it and then checking all of your service manuals to make sure you are up-to-date on any maintenance required.

Another great resource for information on equipment maintenance is our website, www.utilityproducts.com. Simply type ‘maintenance’ into the search bar at the top and a list of articles on the subject will be displayed. But don’t stop there; feel free to type in any number of search words to read information on a variety of subjects relating to the industry. From product highlights to industry news (both locally and globally), you’ll find it all.

And, speaking of websites, be sure to check out the site for Utility Products Conference & Expo (UPCE) at www.utilityproductsexpo.com. The educational sessions that will be offered are now listed, as well as a registration form. Make your plans to attend today (the sooner you book the cheaper your hotel will be…just a tip)!

And, as always, I welcome your emails. Have something on your mind? Send it my way! I’d love to hear from you.

Cheers,

Kellie Sandrik
Managing Editor
kellies@pennwell.com

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