Mobilizing Condition-Based Maintenance
Using Cloud & Mobile Solutions to Save Money and Enhance Asset Maintenance
What Does Conditioned-Based Monitoring Mean?
The great challenge in maintaining assets is going from task to task with the aim of predicting when the next need for maintenance will be. Monitoring the health and detecting early failures of assets become critical to improve performance and achieve business goals without interruption. As every enterprise business goes through daily costs that can rise to the millions, continuing operations while assets are in working condition is key. Asset conditions need to trigger maintenance tasks within a long enough period of time before asset failure becomes problematic. Modern enterprise businesses are using a process known as conditioned based monitoring in order to predict maintenance needs and unexpected breakdowns. Condition-based monitor inspects assets/equipment by observing machine performance and detecting technical issues.
Why Does Conditioned-Based Monitoring Matter?
As enterprise businesses equip field workers with ruggedized handheld devices or commercially available off-the-shelf mobile devices it’s critical to have an application that simplifies the data input process. Minimizing time spent on maintenance comes from having equipment reliability and improving the workers efficiency getting from task to task. Predictive maintenance programs have been shown to lead to a tenfold increase in ROI, a 30% reduction in maintenance costs, a 70%-75% decrease of breakdowns and a 35%-45% reduction in downtime.
30% Reduction in Maintenance Cost
A number of situations can impact the productivity of a technician, such as:
- Failure to have the right asset(s)/equipment available for the assigned technician(s) when needed.
- Limited visibility. Maintenance technicians are not able to plan for their routes and carry parts/tools they need for maintenance/repairs.
- Repeated travel back and forth from the work site to the office/storeroom to collect parts, manuals, and assistance. This is time-consuming.
- An issue reported to maintenance is wrong, due to various reasons such as ineffective paper-based processes, resulting in the wrong technician being dispatched to a job.
- Unavailability of an asset’s maintenance history, equipment drawings, and details or service manuals for reference to conduct repairs.
Key Benefits of Condition-Based Monitoring
Lowering Maintenance Costs
Although a reactive approach can initially lower costs, it is always more expensive in the long run. Furthermore, broken machinery can lead to a ripple effect, where other equipment down the production line also malfunctions, causing further damages. These faults are virtually impossible to trace without the use of predictive maintenance techniques, and as such, condition monitoring is a worthwhile investment for any enterprise business who values reliability.
Maximizing Production Output
Faulty machinery and broken components cost each enterprise business hours of wasted production time. Not only does this dig into potential profit margin, but it can also have adverse effects on delivery schedules and agreements with clients. With condition monitoring, you can be sure to maximize your production output and meet your deadlines.
Increasing Lifespan of Machinery
Good machinery and high-quality parts are made to last, and condition monitoring can even help to extend the lifespan of components and the longevity of your machines. Instead of replacing them using a predictive maintenance program can extend asset life cycle, as well as boost performance levels overall.