By pinpointing problem areas and hot spots long before they cause critical shutdown, Predictive Maintenance (PdM) also increases productivity:
TESTIMONIAL: In the beginning, we had little to no predictive technologies in place. It was a regular occurrence to not make it through a week without sending a production line home due to critical equipment being down. ATS assisted in establishing a vibration analysis program with data collected internally and analyzed by ATS. ATS then introduced us to IR technologies and started collecting and analyzing photos of our critical systems. With these programs in
LOWER MAINTENANCE COSTS
Cost savings is one of the major motivations behind most Predictive Maintenance (PdM) Programs:
One manufacturer of heavy machinery reduced its repair expenses by $1.7 million with Predictive Maintenance.
Current estimates suggest that the average plant not currently using vibration analysis to monitor equipment can reduce its maintenance budget by 20% with PdM. This can save your company thousands-or even hundreds of thousands-of dollars each year.
A major supplier to the U.S. government’s Defense and Aerospace Program avoided more than $1 million in downtime by doing an infrared thermography scan of its electrical distribution system.
Remember when diagnosing a machine’s condition required nothing more than a screwdriver and a good ear? Well, technology has come a long way.
These days, a host of high-tech tools make it possible to accurately determine the condition of equipment as it operates. This information can then be used to make precise maintenance decisions. The results are improved productivity, lowered maintenance costs, and extended machinery life.
THE BENEFITS OF OUTSOURCING PDM
- No up-front capital required.
- Pay as you go with monthly Purchase Orders.
- You don’t have to worry about upgrades and software changes to PdM equipment-we take care of everything.
- Recognized leaders in Predictive Maintenance bring 230 years of combined expertise to your worksite.
- No vacations, no
lay-offs, no transfers, bumping to other jobs, or light-duty restrictions.
- You get all of the service-none of the hassles.
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Searching the internet, there are countless PdM articles about applying predictive technologies to hundreds of different types of production machines, but there are very few and specific documents about predictive maintenance with regard to CNC assets due to various...
Photo Credit: IRISS Infrared inspection windows are usually found on high voltage equipment where opening panels for inspection is not always safe and feasible. During a shutdown, panels are cut to accommodate IR inspection windows in locations that give the best view...
Part 2 - The surge of modern online system availability For the sake of clarity in this article, the previously mentioned surveillance system will now be called an online system, a common reference at this time in the industry. For most of us in the PdM arena, the...
With the rage of recent online monitoring systems flooding the PdM market, we received many inquiries regarding the advantages and disadvantages of the “newly” marketed systems. First and foremost, the online system (or Continuous Condition Monitoring system) has...