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Common inspection items include operating hours of the machine, fluid levels such as oil or fuel, process variables such as temperatures, pressures, or flows, equipment conditions such as bearing temperatures, fasteners, guarding, etc., vibration readings, and ultrasonic levels. Operator basic care inspections should be measurable and repeatable, not subjective. No matter who does the inspection, the results should be the same. A good inspection includes detailed task instructions such as, "Ensure the gearbox oil level is in the middle third of the sight glass tube," versus, "Check gearbox."
Including pictures of the gauge on the inspection form and visual controls on the gauge itself, will ensure the inspection is objective.