Check out the articles below for your monthly dose of interesting and informative maintenance news from around the industry.
Maintenance news from around the world
Predictions 2019: Better ROI For The Industrial Internet Of Things (Vinay Nathan, Forbes)
The Industrial IoT (IIoT) is rapidly being adopted by manufacturers. Thousands of facilities are looking to direct their human and business capital towards the goal of improving productivity through real-time intelligence. Assets are now pushing data into the cloud to increase uptime, production quality, and energy efficiency. But this process has its growing pains and breakthroughs, some of which will emerge in the coming year. This piece looks at the IIoT trends the manufacturing industry can expect to see in 2019 and how they will affect maintenance, including new uses for data, the Algorithm Economy and smarter factories.
Four cybersecurity questions to ask during digital transformation process (Eric Kimberling, Plant Engineering)
As the process of digital transformation continues to rapidly change the maintenance landscape, cybersecurity is becoming a hot topic. The adoption of new software systems and technologies comes with many benefits, but also several security risks. Even some of the largest companies in the world have recently experienced data breaches. As maintenance operations ramp up the amount of asset data they capture, protecting this information is quickly becoming a top consideration. This article aims to help maintenance teams navigate cybersecurity as they embark on digital transformation by providing answers to some important questions.
Why You Need Good Maintenance Procedures (William Jacobyansky, Reliable Plant)
It’s easy to get caught up in the hype for the newest piece of technology or sidestep processes to get to the next job on your list. However, maintenance fundamentals are a core ingredient of maintenance success. This is the message throughout this article. It highlights the benefits of strong processes in maintenance, from more reliable assets to improved data quality. It also runs through how to put these processes in place so they become part of your operation’s culture and why it’s important that everyone in a facility buys into the overall strategy put in place.
10 Steps to Precision Maintenance Reliability Success (Phil Hendrix and Bill Yantz, ReliabilityWeb)
Studies have shown that maintenance-induced defects contribute greatly to downtime. Miscues, like assembly errors, lubrication mistakes, and poor alignment all add up and lead to downtime-by-maintenance. This article points to the lack of knowledge of and attention to precision skills among maintenance professionals as the underlying reason for this issue. The piece tackles this gap by outlining 10 strategies for getting your precision maintenance skills up to speed, including management tips, best practices in assessment and strategies for improving communication.
Maintenance news from Fiix
Equipment failure is not a single event—it is a process. This concept, that breakdowns are both a journey and a destination, has become firmly established in the realm of maintenance best practices. Condition-based maintenance (CBM) can act as a guide on the road to failure and back. This article provided some tips, tricks and tools so you can understand condition-based maintenance a little better, use the strategy more effectively, and make your maintenance operation run like a well-oiled machine. It outlines what condition-based maintenance is, when to use it, what benefits it can bring, and some common types of CBM.
Reliability-centred maintenance (RCM) is often cited as the most complex approach to maintenance, and for good reason. RCM is built on the idea that failure is not always linear. It requires careful analysis of each piece of equipment to identify all possible failure modes and determine the optimal time to carry out maintenance or inspections based on this data. Enter the most useful tool in RCM: The P-F curve. This article explains the P-F curve, how it works, and how it can be useful for maintenance operations trying to improve asset reliability.
There were over 31,000 OSHA health and safety violations were committed in the US in 2018. Not only did each of these violations increase the potential for injury and death, but they each also represented a hefty fine. Many of the top OSHA violations are connected to everyday maintenance tasks and all are preventable. With solid planning and helpful technology, it’s easy for maintenance teams to avoid health and safety violations while creating a better health and safety program. This article is an in-depth look at everything maintenance teams need to know about OSHA, its regulations, compliance standards and how to avoid OSHA violations.
Predictive maintenance is getting more popular every day as the rise of the industrial internet of things (IIoT) makes it increasingly possible to use intelligent maintenance software to collect data and integrate with connected devices to achieve smarter manufacturing practices. While this particular type of maintenance has been gaining popularity, it’s far from the only solution. There are many other types of maintenance that work well for all kinds of organizations, from those drowning in paper work orders to data-driven enterprise operations. This post compares these types of maintenance to see which ones work best for different scenarios.