Manufacturers know that in order to fulfill supply commitments while continuing to drive demand, their equipment needs to be performing at optimal levels. In order to better ensure that each piece of machinery is operating at peak expected capacity, it is imperative to identify the right maintenance strategy from the range of available options. Two primary maintenance strategies typically emerge as the most viable approaches: preventive maintenance and predictive maintenance. Preventive maintenance — often also referred to as scheduled maintenance — is the practice of conducting regular inspections, tests, and replacement on equipment, parts, and components, based on a predefined timetable. Predictive maintenance, on the other hand, is much more proactive. Rather than waiting to solve issues after they occur, predictive maintenance draws upon technology such as industrial sensors, including steam flow measurement sensors, vibration sensors, ultrasonic sensors, and more to predict any failure prior to occurring. This is a much more efficient way of handling maintenance resources, as it ensures value is being evenly distributed across an entire organization. For more on which of these methods is right for your organization’s needs, read on to the resource found alongside this post.
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