How to take advantage of the industry 4.0 in Maintenance

Reaching the full potential of industry 4.0 isn’t something that happens immediately. First of all, it is a strategy that involves the whole company and necessarily has several stages. The goal isn’t only to get new technologies but also to use them properly to build a better maintenance process. To implement a new way of planning and managing maintenance, it is necessary to consider dozens of additional improvements. However, while it will be necessary to dedicate some time to change this maintenance strategy process, it will certainly improve technical teams’ performance and unlock the potential of industry 4.0.

 

In this article, we talk about some steps you should take to start moving into the Industry 4.0.In this article, we talk about some steps you should take to start moving into the Industry 4.0.

 

Create a solid preventive maintenance plan

Industry 4.0 offers several complex systems for both technology and people. Without a solid base, these systems may not meet the user expectations and may take you away from your goals. On the other hand, implementing a consistent preventive maintenance plan raises the chances of a successful transition to Industry 4.0. The preventive maintenance plan consists of a series of processes, guidelines, and tools that help any business perform as many preventive maintenance operations as possible while being time-efficient and financially successful. To create a solid plan, you must consider various aspects, such as defining the objectives and acquiring the right technology to achieve them. This process improves maintenance practices while providing more significant know-how to implement a successful 4.0 industry strategy.

 

Focus on collecting good-quality data

Data plays a crucial role in Industry 4.0. Without accurate and detailed information, advanced technology cannot do its job. Having access to high-quality data makes the use of 4.0 industry systems more comfortable and more effective.

 

There are two fundamental aspects to consider when collecting asset data: quality and quantity. It is imperative to be as detailed and consistent as possible when building the history of the equipment. It is not only necessary to document what the problem was and when it was solved, but also to explain how it was solved, which parts were used, and how long it took to solve this problem.

 

Digitizing the data not only ensures that the information is accurate and accessible to everyone but also facilitates the audit process, finds gaps, and corrects errors.

 

Creating a trust culture

Entering industry 4.0 is a significant change and, as such, requires dedication and additional work. Acquiring new technologies for the company is a challenge that starts with people. It is essential to train and organize the maintenance staff and prepare them for the changes and the implementation of these new systems. In summary, this could be the ideal time to build a culture of continuous improvement in the maintenance department.

 

  • Establish guiding principles for best maintenance practices.
  • Create an asset management policy so that all employees work in the same direction.
  • Create processes for all operations, from work orders to purchases.
  • Prioritize communication to increase team trust and responsibility.
  • Start gradually with Predictive Maintenance

 

To get the most out of Predictive Maintenance, it’s essential to start with small steps because of a gradual transition to industry 4.0 allows the organization to learn from any mistakes that may occur along the way. To introduce Predictive Maintenance gradually into your organization, you should start with Condition Based Maintenance. This type of maintenance focuses on well-defined analyses and parameters to detect failures at an early stage. Mastering this type of strategy will serve as the basis for sustaining a more advanced predictive maintenance operation.

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