Deciding Which Maintenance Approach is Right For Your Business

Without a proper maintenance strategy, organizations worldwide would collapse. While the maintenance needs for these organizations will inevitably differ, the goal will always remain the same: preserve the health and integrity of any machine or equipment used in critical manufacturing operations. The way organizations accomplish this will also differ. Typically, the way organizations will attain these goals is through two premier maintenance approaches: preventive and predictive maintenance.

In order to determine which maintenance approach is right for these organizations, they must first differentiate between the two. The preventive maintenance approach is likely the earliest consideration for all organizations worldwide. Largely because it’s the cheaper option, but also because it has been such a mainstay in regards to maintenance. The philosophy is simple: construct a maintenance schedule at recurring intervals throughout the year for each machine or equipment in an organization’s fleet. These intervals are largely based on each organization’s fleet. Age, length of average run time, required up-time, etc., are all components that contribute to the scheduling of this maintenance.

For organizations looking to utilize a more diagnostic maintenance strategy, they often look to predictive maintenance. Despite being a much newer strategy, its efficiency cannot be denied. Instead of having scheduled maintenance intervals for each piece of equipment, organizations can instead invest in predictive maintenance systems that will be integrated into their machinery and equipment. These systems would then collect output data of an organization’s fleet and analyze it in order to determine the most ideal maintenance period. In addition to being a great precursor for maintenance, these systems also reduce machine failure through the same manner. The major con of these systems, though? Their price.

While the costs of these systems are inherently higher than those of its counterpart, the implementation continues to become easier. As more and more technologies in this space are added to the Internet of Things, more and more capabilities become possible. Currently, these systems are put in place to more accurately schedule maintenance. As mentioned previously however, these systems also provide unique insight into the fail conditions of certain pieces of equipment and machinery, in addition to ways to combat future failure and thus avoid downtime throughout the year.

While these systems may seem like the most obvious choice, barring any cost concerns, there is also some inherent risk associated with them. The first being the cost versus benefit your organization could get out of this investment. In some cases, organizations don’t benefit nearly as much as expected compared to other organizations with a much larger scope. The next is the training required to bring employees up to speed with regards to these newly integrated systems. For some long-standing employees, this can prove to be extremely difficult. This may often require a complete overhaul of the training they received with past systems and will require a great deal of patience before any mastery is acquired. If your organization is capable of facing and conquering these challenges, this change might be the right choice.

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