The purpose of this paper is to show how the study of maintenance costs may lead us to a reduction in the total production cost of energy. The major factors that we believe contribute to the level of these costs are discussed. Design, management, planning, organization, and an information-gathering system are the factors that separately and collectively contribute to the total effort. We would suggest that this subject be accorded the benefit of considerably greater open discussion. The results undoubtedly will be reflected in our over-all costs.

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