More and more companies are starting with the obsolete view that maintenance is just a necessary evil and a cause of costs. The ever increasing pressure in the competition for quality and productivity forces companies to avoid unwanted plant failures. In addition, there are statutory regulations that continue to meet the maintenance obligations. The introduction of intelligent maintenance systems allows companies to master these challenges.
Selected benefits of efficient maintenance management
- Minimizing the downtime of machines and plants
- Less impact of machine downtime on the production flow
- Shorter repair times of the machines
- Maximizing the asset
- Cost controlling
On the other hand, the high expenditure in the area of service costs and maintenance organisation, which still prevents many companies from optimizing the area of maintenance in their company. This applies in principle to all industries – in particular also for metal construction, in which even in smaller factories nowadays highly complex production plants are used.
Today, there are already computer-aided management tools that can create the necessary transparency in order to be able to handle the area of maintenance more efficiently. A so-called "Computerized Maintenance Management System" (CMMS) supports the collection of information and the assignment of tasks. It helps in the planning and implementation of various maintenance activities, which in turn ensures operational safety. However, the implementation of such a system is sometimes still very complex and costly.
Industry 4.0 solutions could significantly reduce the effort required to collect the necessary information/data for the operation of a CMMS. Within the framework of a networked Smart Factory, for example, all the information/data necessary for its operation can be provided centrally for existing CMMS systems. As a result, an almost automated management of maintenance/inspections in coordination with production planning is conceivable – including an automated ordering of spare and wear parts required.
The necessary measures can be induced both by a preventative (preventive) and by a predictive maintenance system in the understanding of the Industry 4.0.