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Abrasion is the process of wearing down, rubbing away, scuffing, or scratching. Sometimes referred to as wear-and-tear, Abrasion can be combated by regular Predictive Maintenance inspections, routine replacement, or a complete cataloging of the deterioration process. By knowing how much Abrasion is acceptable for a system to continue to function, maintenance technicians can predict how long internal components can function before failure. Most standardized materials will come with a rating for resistance. By using a mechanical arm or lever, some materials will be tested to see how resistant they are to deterioration. In some applications, using the proper lubricants can help control this issue.

Related terms: predictive maintenance

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