Predictive Maintenance PdM Prevents Shutdowns
Predictive Maintenance PdM is the next logical step beyond preventive maintenance for a proactive approach to maintenance execution. PdM is often synonymous with Condition Based Maintenance. This practice is the starting point for the digital transformation of your factory and the cornerstone of the IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things).
Preventive Maintenance PM Vs Predictive Maintenance PdM
Preventive maintenance is scheduled regularly regardless of whether or not the maintenance activity is currently necessary. It is designed to keep operations running smoothly but does not factor in the actual state of the part or process.
Predictive maintenance, on the other hand, is performed as needed, using real-time collection and analysis of machine operation data to identify and handle issues before a failure occurs. PdM addresses an actual developing problem before it can interrupt production. This allows for repairs to be made while the machine is still operating, or if a shutdown is necessary, it is for a shorter time and with a definitive plan of action.
Why Predictive Is Better Than Preventive
There are three primary reasons that predictive maintenance PdM is preferable over preventive maintenance to permanently address failures or failure modes:
- The result is always a dot on a chart that can start a trend to follow.
- The result is always an objectively agreed upon value (everyone can see the thermometer reading).
- The predictive action is taken while the machine is running and producing product.
These should be all the reasons you need to convince leadership to support a predictive maintenance effort.
Maintenance Innovators, Inc. has over thirty-six years of experience building and executing highly effective and efficient PdM programs. Our approach is to determine the current proactive maturity of your organization, determine when and where predictive technologies best fit, utilize the PMO methodology to focus the cost-benefit analysis, develop an execution strategy, and then help you vet outside contractors for this service or develop the skills internally if you prefer.
Our opportunities have taken us around the world and throughout almost all industries. We continue to lead companies in the right direction by working to customize their approach and execution of the fundamentals of good maintenance and reliability. Let us work with you as a valued partner to build a predictive maintenance PdM practice that enhances your proactive approach to maintenance and reliability. Click here or call (913) 633-4009 today!