The Equipment Expert is designed to monitor the installed equipment of the caster and provide operators with valuable feedback about any maintenance work required. Equipment could include, for example, an entire segment, individual rolls, a mold, or mold plates. Equipment test reports, manuals, and instruction documents for equipment are viewed in the human machine interface. For every piece of equipment, lifetime or partial-lifetime criteria are defined. Such criteria might include the number of heats, casting time, casting length, tons, durations, or any other factors. The Equipment Expert collects these criteria for each piece of equipment and notifies operators when a lifetime criterion is due to be reached, in order to facilitate preventive maintenance.