You already have a calendar that reminds you when to change the bearings in your plant’s equipment? Nice work, you’ve checked the box on preventive maintenance. You already take occasional vibration readings on your machinery? That’s great – you’ve progressed to the predictive maintenance world!
let’s face it, unless your plant is already bursting with wireless sensors and
featured on the cover of Popular Mechanics,
chances are there’s a serious gap between where your plant is today and where
it soon must be.
as the Internet of Things (IoT) now dictates how many steps you’ll take today
(the Fitbit you got for Christmas), the IoT is now dictating when your machines
need maintenance. Let me tell you, the days of wired sensor systems that cost
more than a Porsche are quickly coming to an end. Even time-based calendars
that tell you when to change bearings are going the way of the dinosaur. And
that IT Manager who’s blocking your access to the Internet and cloud-based
tools? Sorry to break it to them, but Mr. Anti-Cloud is the most doomed
dinosaur of all.
inevitable that the industrial world will soon be crawling with “smart”
machines. Granted, these “smart” machines will be like your iPhone: hundreds of
features available but only a handful that most of us will ever use. But again,
the features you WILL use include A, B and C.
“Ha!” you respond. “Maybe a few
companies will jump on this technology bandwagon but my company’s been using
the same equipment and the same maintenance methods for decades. No way our
leadership will drop money on this stuff. Ain’t nothing gonna change around
may be right, but someone else in your industry is going to sneak up and
surprise you. For example, I know one David company in the Goliath oil and gas
industry who’s quickly embraced A, B and C and they are absolutely killing the
Big Three. This innovative company is now saving more money on maintenance than
their competition believes is possible. While the big boys are desperately
fighting to keep 30 percent of their teams employed, this company is at 100
percent capacity and growing faster than anyone.
relatively small company in the paper industry just crushed the Big Boy
competition on quality and turnaround time.
today’s world, smart trumps big; agile trumps deep pockets.
ABC’s: wireless, cloud-based and predictive.
How does your team score in these
three areas? And more importantly, where can you begin this journey without
breaking the bank?
love to hear your feedback, or give us a call any time to explore a few simple
ways to get started.
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