The manufacturing industry had always evolved as the technology evolved. Today, the industry is no longer in the era of automation based on human inputs but has leap forward to cyber physical system. This transformation is known as Industry 4.0 where everything is about data. There are many buzzwords that appear alongside the introduction of Industry 4.0 into the world of manufacturing. Internet of Things (IoT), big data, artificial intelligence and cloud computing, to name a few. Thus in maintenance strategies, we are introduced to the term predictive maintenance (PdM). What are the benefits of implementing predictive maintenance ?
What is predictive maintenance (PdM)?
PdM is a type of maintenance strategies that utilises monitoring equipment to prevent downtime. In other words, this strategy involves the use of sensors and smart technologies to monitor parts of machine to predict the likelihood to become malfunction in order to provide notification and prevent failures during the operation process.
Why should we implement predictive maintenance?
In general, industrial maintenance helps to reduce breakdown, increase uptime and promote overall reliability. Whilst, predictive maintenance offers so much more. The following are among the benefits of implementing predictive maintenance.
- Increase in production performance – less cost are needed for maintenance and repairing malfunctioned machines.
- Increase in production efficiency – regular maintenance schedule can be arranged thus increases machines performance.
- Improve safety in workplace – the possibilities of machines failures that can lead to accidents are reduced thus providing safer working environment.
- Increase in assets lifetime – the propagation of defects that results in more severe damages to machine and shorten its life cycle can be prevented through predictive maintenance.
In summary, unplanned downtime may cost higher than what we expected it to be. Therefore, the best solution in reducing or saving the cost is through the implementation of predictive maintenance.
E-SPIN Group in the enterprise ICT solution supply, consulting, project management, training and maintenance support for multinational and government agencies, across the region E-SPIN do business. Please feel free to contact E-SPIN for your inquiry and requirement, so we can assist you on the exact requirement in the packaged solutions that you may require for your company digital transformation (DT), industry 4.0 transition requirements. Implementing infrastructure continuous monitoring and providing proactive alerting, early warning and insight for minimizing unplanned downtime is just one of the many areas we may help. As the world moves toward “smart” nations, smart devices, smart cars, and smart factories, are you catching up for the new wave of change and entering into the industry 4.0 world?