What Is Predictive Maintenance?
Predictive maintenance refers to a collection of techniques that can be used to gauge the condition of equipment being used by a business’s revenue-earning operations. It can be a serious challenge to implement. However, it promises to provide better results than what preventative maintenance can manage.
Why Should You Be Interested in Predictive Maintenance?
The problem with preventative maintenance is that it is based on averages. Unfortunately, different businesses will make different uses of the same equipment even when they are operating in the same industries, meaning that these averages may or may not have much predictive power for them. Never mind the kind of variance that can pop up when different businesses in different industries are making different uses of the same equipment. As such, scheduling preventative maintenance based on these averages doesn’t guarantee that businesses will be able to get the best results for their equipment.
Predictive maintenance is one potential solution to this particular problem. In short, predictive maintenance means that businesses are keeping a watchful eye on the state of their equipment. As a result, when they notice a sign that their equipment needs corrective maintenance, they can schedule it as soon as possible. This has a couple of important upsides. One, this makes sure that they can get potential issues with their equipment checked out as soon as possible rather than wait until their scheduled preventative maintenance has occurred. Two, this saves the business the need to arrange for unnecessary maintenance when the equipment is running fine. Combined, these two factors mean that businesses can save a fair amount of money and other valuable resources in the long run while ensuring that their equipment runs as smoothly as possible.
With that said, implementing predictive maintenance is much easier said than done. Under ideal circumstances, businesses should be providing what is called continuous predictive maintenance, which means that they are always keeping a watchful eye on their equipment so that they can always catch potential issues as they come up. However, implementing this kind of program is much easier said than done, not least because of the sheer range of equipment that can be involved. After all, keeping a watchful eye on a forklift is a very different affair from keeping a watchful eye on a set of rails, meaning that different equipment need different procedures. Sometimes, this can consist of training the relevant employees to pick up on potential problems before passing relevant information on to the decision-makers responsible for handling maintenance. Other times, there are technological solutions that can prove very useful for businesses that are looking into this particular problem.
Of course, once a business has managed to implement continuous predictive maintenance, there is still the matter of making sure that their equipment can get corrective maintenance from a reliable and reputable source. Fortunately, those who are curious should know that BRAVO! has skilled and experienced technicians on hand who are ready to help our clients with a wide range of problems in a wide range of settings. As such, they shouldn’t hesitate to contact us as soon as possible should something come up.