Predictive Maintenance is the monitoring of wear conditions and equipment characteristics against a predetermined tolerance to predict possible malfunctions or failures. Equipment-operation data is gathered and analyzed to show trends in performance and component characteristics. Repairs are made as required.
Predictive Maintenance often requires a substantial investment in monitoring equipment and training for personnel. It is most commonly used on expensive or critical operating equipment. Data collected from monitoring equipment is analyzed on a regular basis to determine if values are within acceptable tolerances. Maintenance procedures are performed if values are outside acceptable tolerances. The equipment is then closely monitored after maintenance procedures are performed. If the problem recurs, the equipment application and design are analyzed and changes are made as required.
With a successful Predictive Maintenance program, preventive maintenance can usually be reduced. Certain maintenance tasks, such as lubrication or cleaning, are performed when they are actually needed rather than on a fixed schedule. Thermography and thermal imaging can be used to determine equipment health and, when the condition is in question, it is also used to monitor equipment until a period for maintenance is available. An acceptance inspection is an inspection performed at the time of initial equipment installation, or replacement of a component, in order to establish a baseline condition of that equipment.
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Preventive Maintenance is scheduled work required to maintain equipment in peak operating condition. Preventive Maintenance extends the life of your equipment, minimizes equipment malfunctions and failures while maintaining optimum production efficiency and safety conditions in the facility. Understanding the operating condition of equipment through condition-based assessment and monitoring is considered critical to Preventive Maintenance programs.
Preventive Maintenance programs that include condition-based assessment and monitoring of equipment are performed more easily through the use of thermal imaging equipment. By reviewing thermal images of equipment, repair or replace decisions become more effective, overall costs are reduced, and equipment reliability is increased. When production requires that a piece of equipment be completely functional, management can be assured it will be ready to perform the job as intended with proper Preventive Maintenance.
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