2-3. Purpose Of PMCS Table. The purpose of the PMCS table is to provide a systematic method of
inspection and servicing the equipment. In this way, small defects can be detected early before they become a
major problem causing the equipment to fail to complete its mission. The PMCS table is arranged with the
individual PMCS procedures listed in sequence under assigned intervals. the most logical time (before, during, or
after operation) to perform each procedure determines the interval to which it is assigned. Make a habit of doing
the checks in the same order each time and anything wrong will be seen quickly. See paragraph 2-4 for an
explanation of the columns in table 2-1.
2-4. Explanation Of Columns. The following is a list of the PMCS table column headings with a
description of the information found in each column.
a . Item No. This column shows the sequence in which the checks and services are to be performed, and iS
used to identify the equipment area on the Equipment Inspection and Maintenance Worksheet, DA Form 2404.
b. Interval . This column contains the time frame for which a required check or service is to be performed. A dot
(o) is placed in a appropriate subcolumn(s) that contains a symbol identifying the time frame for which designated
checks or services are to be performed. The symbol designations for the various time frames are as follows:
B - Before
D - During
A - After
c. Item to be Inspected/procedures.
This column identifies the general area or specific part where the
check(s) or service(s) to be done, and explains how to do them.
If. This column lists conditions that make the equipment unavailable for
use because it is unable to perform its mission, or because it would represent a safety hazard. Do not accept or
operate equipment with a condition in the Equipment is Not ready/Available If column.
N O T E
The terms ready/available and mission capable refer to the same status:
Equipment is on hand and is able to perform its combat mission. Refer to DA Pam
7 3 8 - 7 5 0 .
2-5. Reporting Deficiencies. If any problem with the equipment is discovered during PMCS or while it is
being operated that cannot be corrected at the operator/crew maintenance level, it must be reported. Refer to DA
Pam 738-750 and report the deficiency using the proper forms.
N O T E
If equipment must be kept in continuous operation, check and service only those
items that can be checked and serviced without disturbing operation. Make
complete checks and services when equipment can be shut down.
Within designated intervals, perform these checks in order listed. Perform before operations PMCS if:
a. Item has not been operated since last PMCS checks.
b. Operating item for first time.
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