How to implement predictive maintenance effectively?

Do you want your machines to work longer and more efficiently? Implementing predictive maintenance can help. However, the implementation of PdM isn’t always effective. In this blog post, we will discuss 7 steps that need to be taken in order to implement PdM effectively!

Step One: Following the Money

– What’s your ROI? Track every dollar spent on PdM and see where it is most effective. For example, if you have a $1000 budget for PdM, track how much of that money was spent on preventive maintenance (parts) versus reactive maintenance (fixing problems after they happen). The areas with the highest return on investment are likely going to be predictive maintenance strategies! This will help managers understand what locations might need more funding allocated to them in order to keep production up and running smoothly.

Step Two: Determine Where the Predictive Maintenance Strategy Is To Be Applied

– It can’t just apply everywhere! Implementing PdM strategy could mean cost-cutting or increasing production. It could mean both! The goal is to find the best possible strategy for your company, so that you can have a more efficient productive company in the end.

Step Three: Choose an Appropriate Diagnostic Method

– There are many ways of diagnosing and monitoring machines depending on what type they may be. If they’re large stationary assets like turbines, consider using vibration analysis instead of something less invasive like thermal assessment since it’s much more accurate than other methods when doing predictive maintenance on these types of machinery (especially since these pieces don’t move). But if you need a method that works with mobile industrial equipment which moves around often, then monitoring sensors as well as infrared cameras would work better since there won’t be any interference with the equipment’s movement.

Step Four: Implement Tools

– There are many tools to use for predictive maintenance, but that doesn’t mean you have to invest in every one right away! Determine what your needs are and start there. If it’s just machines on a production line needing monitoring, then some infrared cameras will do without going overboard with other expensive sensors or software packages. And if you want a more automated process like data analysis of past failures from previous years so that preventative measures can be implemented before anything happens (especially when dealing with large stationary assets), make sure to choose an artificial intelligence program that analyzes all this information efficiently and quickly instead of manually sifting through everything yourself (and wasting time).

Step Five: Check the System Is Operating Correctly

– Checking for correct operation is a key part of performing predictive maintenance 100% effectively. Without this, your PdM strategy may not be as successful in the end. Make sure to check everything from machinery’s performance to data accuracy and all other areas that could affect how well management makes decisions later on down the line! It will make you more efficient in the long run if errors are caught sooner rather than later or worse yet never at all when it would have been easier to fix them before they happen (and get back up and running smoothly).

Step Six: Develop Appropriate Action Plans

– This step ties into number two but goes a little deeper into what an action plan can look like for Predictive maintenance strategy implementation. For example, if there is a high level of vibration in some machinery that could affect machine performance and increase the chance of failure, how would you propose to handle this? Some ideas might be replacing parts before they fail at all or even implementing preventative measures depending on what your company’s specific needs are so you don’t have any production interruptions from reactive instead of proactive care!

Step Seven: Implementing Prevention Actions

– This step is where everything comes into play. If PdM action plans were developed beforehand (in Step Six), then now it becomes much easier to implement these pre-made prevention actions quickly and efficiently without too many mistakes being made along the way. All we need to do is switch out the parts before they fail and keep monitoring for any further signs of deterioration or other issues that could cause a problem in the future.