Product Roundup: Predictive maintenance

Predictive maintenance requires strong commitment and the right tools.

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Predictive maintenance has a variety of positive attributes, but it requires a commitment and resources from the organization to make it work.

“The trick is finding the numbers that the C-Suite is following, such as production revenue, and then building a case with those numbers in mind”, says Terrence Cullen, director of field services for Azima DLI. “If the C-suite isn’t following MTBF or reduced parts inventory or repair cost, don’t waste your time trying to justify your program based on those numbers.”

Azima DLI provides a list of the top 10 ways PdM can have a positive effect on the spreadsheet. It can help your plant to:

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  1. Avoid late shipments/lost opportunity
  2. Be safer — planned work is safer than emergency or breakdown stops and restarts
  3. Prevent environmental damage/regulatory violations — risk mitigation
  4. Mitigate the experienced worker shortage — you don’t need as many of those guys around all the time in case of a breakdown
  5. Avoid downtime/lost production
  6. Catch degradation in output level or quality before it drops too far
  7. Reduce repair time — have skills, parts, tools and information planned and ready, avoid overtime
  8. Reduce consequential damages to other things that get wrecked when you run to failure
  9. Avoid utility penalty charges
  10. Eliminate distractions to production workers — unplanned breakdowns result in confusion, tension, loss of morale, lost productivity.

“When a user can zero in on bad actors, when they can maximize the predictive diagnostics information in the plant, they find opportunities for improved maintenance and operations practices,” says Dan Stedham, asset optimization (AO) services global program manager, operational excellence/AO services marketing manager — Emerson Process Management.

In Europe, building materials manufacturers, food & beverage, automotive, pulp and paper, and the chemical industry require reliable production, explains Michael Herbort, business development for service in Germany for SEW-Eurodrive. “Especially in Germany,” he says, “there’s a big focus on the production.”

Azima DLI's ExpertALERT 3.40 machinery condition assessment software allows manufacturers to prioritize machine repairs

Azima DLI's ExpertALERT 3.40 machinery condition assessment software allows manufacturers to prioritize machine repairs
Azima DLI's ExpertALERT 3.40 machinery condition assessment software is engineered to allow manufacturers to prioritize machine repairs while remaining focused on reliability and uptime priorities based on the ability to collect and process data, and access results through the Azima DLI Watchman Reliability Portal.

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Pepperl+Fuchs' FieldConnex Diagnostic Gateway enhances inter-operation between individual advanced diagnostic modules

Pepperl+Fuchs' FieldConnex Diagnostic Gateway enhances inter-operation between individual advanced diagnostic modules
Pepperl+Fuchs' FieldConnex Diagnostic Gateway is engineered to enhance inter-operation between the individual advanced diagnostic modules (ADM) of a fieldbus infrastructure and the diagnostic manager in the control room. It is designed to allow information to be exchanged in both directions via Ethernet, enabling additional features such as remote setup of ADMs. Advanced diagnostic modules are engineered to monitor the quality of fieldbus communication for Foundation fieldbus H1 and Profibus PA networks.

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Commtest's Ranger condition monitoring system can be built as an entirely wireless installation

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