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
Preventive Maintenance Could Have Saved National Parks Billions of Dollars (Marcia Argust, Pew)
National park sites across the United States face a growing list of repair needs, including deteriorating historic buildings, outdated—and in some cases unsafe—utility and electrical systems, and crumbling roads and bridges. These issues affect visitors and put a strain on the National Parks Services (NPS) budget. This article looks at why the NPS finds itself in this predicament because of deferred maintenance and how all the problems it now faces could have been avoided with proper preventive attention.
Industrial sector amped for digital transformation (Beth Stackpole, MIT Sloan School of Management)
Manufacturing often gets blamed for being stuck in another era, but the industrial sector is actually well ahead of the pack when it comes to embracing digital transformation, especially as its use of AR, IIoT, machine learning, and AI continues to grow. This piece explores the numbers behind this explosive growth of technology in manufacturing and how these advanced tools are impacting maintenance departments. It covers everything from the way organizations are training technicians to the way they are strategizing about asset management.
Our equipment is “special.” Standard maintenance practices do not apply (Monroe Blanton, Plant Services)
Every piece of technology used in maintenance has been built to achieve a handful of standard goals, like reduced waste, less equipment downtime, and lower costs. However, the way each company goes about using technology and reaching these aims is unique. This article investigates why a one-size-fits-all approach to digital transformation never works and why each organization’s special combination of assets, people, processes, and culture needs to be taken into account when creating a successful strategy for modernizing maintenance.
Battle data deficiency: Boost asset reliability with reliable information (Steve Gahbauer, Plant.ca)
Missing, mismanaged, and disorganized data is a huge detriment to maintenance teams and, unfortunately all too common in the industry. After all, it’s not possible to make evidence-based management decisions without good, relevant, and reliable information. Everything from preventive maintenance scheduling to inventory purchasing relies on useful, pertinent data and how well it’s managed. This article takes a deeper dive into some ways good data can make a difference to maintenance professionals and some methods for capturing and organizing that data.
Maintenance news from Fiix
The pace of change in maintenance is fast, and getting faster all the time. Technology is becoming more complex. Data has turned from a trickle into a tidal wave. Using software isn’t enough anymore—all your systems have to be connected and able to talk to each other. Everything in your organization has to be tied together, from different assets to entire departments. This blog post delves into how a CMMS fits into this ecosystem of technology and how CMMS integrations can help your facility achieve its maintenance goals.
At their core, maintenance metrics are measurements. They translate action into numbers to give clarity on the performance of everyone and everything at your facility. They allow you to trace results back to their roots so you can make better decisions and improve your operation in meaningful ways. This article lays out everything you ever need to know about maintenance metrics, including why they are important, commonly used metrics, which ones your facility should be using, how to track them, and how metrics can improve your maintenance operations
Fiix recently hosted a webinar along with industry analyst International Data Corporation (IDC). While there were many takeaways from the webinar, one thing was clear: The time for digital transformation in manufacturing is now. The piece explores why there so much pressure on manufacturers to take on emerging technologies and how it’s causing an important shift in the way organizations think about reliability. It touches on the growing importance of maintenance in improving the customer experience, growing access to data, and more.
Improving system availability can have a ripple effect across your entire organization. It means maintenance resources are being used efficiently, production levels are as high as possible, and your company’s margins can be healthier than ever. This post outlines everything maintenance teams need to know about system availability, including what it is, how to calculate it, and how to improve it. It also explains the difference between availability, reliability, and maintainability, and how each of these concepts plays into a healthy maintenance strategy.