Preventive Maintenance Step #3: Reactive to Preventive Maintenance

Shift To Preventive Maintenance With a Predictive Maintenance System (PdM)

In many factories, it can be difficult to implement preventative measures for equipment. Manufacturers often have the machine supplier come in for a routine check every year. While it sure doesn’t hurt, in the vast majority of cases, it is NOT adequate and sufficient.
There are 2 main reason for this:

  1. It takes discipline for the production manager to stick to the imposed plan

  1. It also takes discipline to systematically document the actions and show that they are done on time as per the plan.

How to Put A Predictive Maintenance System (PdM) in Place?

There are 3 phases to implement a functioning PdM:

1. Establish Preventive Maintenance Objectives

In order to successfully determine your objectives, ask the following questions:

  • What are the priorities that need to be implemented first?
  • What equipment will impact your schedule and cost the most if it breaks down?
  • What is the origin of your most significant maintenance and spare part replacement costs?
  • How do you make sure you meet your objectives?

2. Adopt a Condition Monitoring Program

Collect data on the condition of the machines or tools you designated as priorities in phase 1.

3. Predictive Maintenance Tools & Software

Based on the equipment you need to monitor, you will need to get the right devices and sensors to collect the information you will need, like heat, vibration, and oil content, among others.

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