Traditionally, there were two types of maintenance, there was planned preventative maintenance which would schedule periodic maintenance visits and there was reactive maintenance where you would repair something when it breaks. However, in today's world there are different options available through advancements in technology. Now we can make use of proximity sensors which can tell you when something is nearing a point of failure. There are IoT smart devices which can tell you when an asset is acting irregularly and you can now take action based on that information.
Every company that has assets requires a maintenance strategy but there is not a one-size-fits-all answer. You need to take into account the type of assets you have as well as their overall risk to your daily operations. We would like to take you through the various maintenance strategy options and then show you why we think AssetPool can give you the best combination of these maintenance strategies along with IoT devices.
A maintenance strategy defines the rules for the sequence of planned maintenance work on your assets. It is widely agreed that being proactive is better than being reactive. Choosing which approach to take with maintenance is a big decision that should include looking into each approach and deciding which is best for your type of company. There are benefits and drawbacks to each approach and different industries have various requirements when it comes to the health of their assets.
If you are currently using a paper based process for your maintenance strategy then you are already at a disadvantage regardless of which maintenance approach you chose. If your technicians are currently filling out work orders on paper, it is easy for them to accidentally misrepresent information which could lead to an asset failing. With the use of AssetPool, you will have an accurate view of your maintenance operations and you will have a digital asset verification report.
The approach that uses IoT is predictive maintenance. It uses the IoT sensors to pull the critical data which allows the system to analyze the asset’s function and “predict” when it may fail. The IoT sensors have the ability to develop a picture of how the operating conditions are related to the asset’s function. The data that these sensors collect is vital to finding patterns which can be used in the future to reduce risk. One drawback of this approach is that it only works well if you have large deposits of accurate information. When you have a great data set you can build the predictive feature which allows managers to react to asset issues quicker. We believe that using a predictive maintenance strategy along with IoT devices is the most effective method.
AssetPool is a cloud-based smart inspection platform that helps you plan and optimize your maintenance strategy. You have the power to notify your technicians when maintenance is required and issue work orders from any location and on any device.
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