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Predictive Maintenance - New Technologies in Diagnostics

Developed to complement existing preventive maintenance programs, predictive maintenance utilizes the latest analytical techniques to reduce the cost of repair and downtime by identifying potential equipment failures before they occur. Predictive maintenance extends present capabilities by employing new monitoring tools to gather accurate knowledge of machinery conditions without disrupting normal production operations.

Predictive maintenance provides the capability to pinpoint deviations in equipment operating profiles and recognize impending equipment failures. By identifying which parts should be repaired or replaced, it allows continued use of other components, and more time for implementing corrective action. Most important, it provides additional assurance that essential equipment does not fail without warning and ultimately cause a major production disruption or even a catastrophe.

Today's machine condition monitoring techniques are used on sophisticated turbine systems, production machinery, compressed air systems, electrical cabinets, boilers, fans, pumps and valves. Condition monitoring may include identifying problems such as misalignment, imbalance, deteriorating bearings, worn gears or couplings, lack of lubrication, oil deterioration or contamination etc. capacity of equipment.

Benefits of Predictive Maintenance:

Regardless of the condition monitoring technique used in a given situation, maintenance must keep accurate records so it can prove to management that predictive maintenance will:

  • Reduce production downtime
  • Increase productivity
  • Reduce emergencies and breakdowns
  • Increase quality
  • Reduce excessive equipment damage
  • Provide justification for maintenance work and schedules