We have a lot of machines located in many places in our site, and we need to define the activity that inspecting the machine running status regularly by plan in field, does the "spot inspection" a nice word to define this activity?

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    "On-the-spot checks" or "On-the-spot inspections" would make sense. – Grizzly May 24 '16 at 2:43
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    "define the activity that inspecting the machine running status regularly". That would be programmed inspection. Spot inspection is an unscheduled inspection, usually conducted to verify the programmed inspections are being carried out. – Phil Sweet May 24 '16 at 3:09
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    "Spot inspection" is generally used to mean a random, unannounced inspection, as Phil suggests. – Hot Licks May 24 '16 at 4:22

Consider calling it a regular inspection. The dictionary entry has an example that includes the usage you describe.

Regular adjective 2 Recurring at uniform intervals: a regular monthly check - ODO

As Phil Sweet comments, spot checks are not scheduled inspections. As its definition suggests, spot check is not an appropriate term for planned inspections.

Spot check noun A test made without warning on a randomly selected subject - ODO

  • I get your point and think better of 'regular inspection' now. Thanks! – Yufeng May 24 '16 at 5:18

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