The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly accelerated the need for remote monitoring and diagnostics of operations and assets.  As it turns out, many of the things we thought were impossible a few years ago are now not only possible, but necessary.

Because of the urgency to facilitate remote work and keep production levels moving, smart maintenance solutions are being adopted at an accelerated rate. This post explores today’s top business challenges that can be addressed with better maintenance technology.

By making smart use of available maintenance, IoT and external open data, applications are possible that we didn’t even dare to dream of 5 years ago. Based on the combined and edited data, it can then be predicted when the device will be ready for maintenance, and also how this process can be further optimised.

The reasons to explore this are much broader than merely predicting equipment failures. We’ll start by exploring these five: 

  1.  Reducing downtime

Smart maintenance algorithms allow you to predict whether a part, or even an entire machine, will soon operate less effectively. This way you can repair, replace or adjust the process in time. This reduces the downtime of your machines. In addition, you can delete regular maintenance from your schedule and only put time into the machine when there is a good data-driven reason for maintenance. 

  1. Optimising equipment life and availability

Suppose an important machine in your production line has a high risk of wear and is therefore more maintenance sensitive. With the help of smart maintenance, you detect this even before the planned maintenance interval and limit wear, optimise the service life and therefore the availability of your machine. 

  1. Reducing safety risks

Technical installations with an increased risk of safety need extra care and attention during maintenance. Think, for example, about installations with a higher risk of fire. A recognisable example are the technical installations in stables of intensive livestock farming. Unfortunately, barn fires still occur and the impact on business operations and animal suffering is enormous. By using IoT sensors,  overheating can be detected at an early stage, and a serious barn fire can be prevented by timely maintenance.

  1. Increasing customer satisfaction

Machines that always run optimally through a careful maintenance plan, support the entire process within your company. Ultimately, your customers benefit. They get what they are promised on time, resulting in high customer satisfaction and retention. 

  1. Working more efficiently

Smart Maintenance  enables your organisation to ensure that you assign the right person, to the right problem, at the right time. This is important in the deployment of both your own, and external staff. Specialists can be scheduled to have multiple machines maintained when they are at your location. Unplanned production stops become a thing of the past. 

In addition, smart maintenance can prevent unexpectedly high energy consumption. You can detect when energy consumption increases and gain insights into the factors responsible for this. Reducing labour and operating costs as a result.

Read the next post in the series on ‘How Manufacturers are Unlocking New Revenue Streams’.