predictive maintenance is one area that needs no introduction. Combination of techniques and tools available currently makes this a very competitive process. With this process, we can determine when to do any maintenance. Yes, preventive maintenance processes also will be followed, but instead of doing them mechanically as per a time schedule, it gets done when it is required to be done.
In most cases, the buffer time provided for time based preventive maintenance schedules is too much and we end up over-maintaining the equipment causing the following:
- Doing maintenance on fully functional, healthy and operational equipment
- Replacing the mandatory spares and consumables every time we do maintenance
- Creating a condition where the equipment could fail due to man-made mistakes during assembly of equipment, post-maintenance.
I came across a wonderful article covering predictive maintenance using a combination of techniques and tools. The link is given below.
Please take some time to look up the link, read and be enlightened.