It’s obvious when you think about it: the best way to avoid costly equipment downtime is to eliminate failure in the first place. Unfortunately, that’s not always an easy thing to do. Even if you have a comprehensive preventative maintenance program in place, you can still encounter unexpected breakdowns.
Luckily, the power of technology can help eliminate this problem: add the power of predictive maintenance to your existing preventative schedule within your existing Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS).
Predictive maintenance uses telematics technology to improve service processes and reduce downtime across your fleet. By tracking and monitoring the status of every asset, it’s superior to preventative maintenance alone, or even worse, reactive maintenance. There are numerous reasons for this, but the primary reason is that it allows you to identify potential issues before they become problems.
Similarly, a CMMS is a better option for managing maintenance work than the old-fashioned way using pencil and paper.
The best systems (like ES Track, for example), let you combine both of these powerful technologies in one dashboard, maximizing the returns of both.
The key benefit of both predictive maintenance and CMMS technology is information. At a glance, you can get real-time information on the status of every asset and any work being done on it. This offers several advantages over the other way of doing things, including:
Improved reliability — Assets break down less frequently because you’re preventing problems before they happen. Technicians are digitally assigned tasks depending on the condition of the machine, so you don’t have to worry about a belt snapping or an oil change — it’s already been taken care of and digitally logged.
Less time waiting — By putting all the information you need to track asset status right at your fingertips, you can not only prevent breakdowns, but schedule maintenance when it’s convenient. Instead of stopping work on a jobsite for vital service, you can have your techs perform it at off-peak hours. Technicians are digitally assigned tasks, so they take the right parts and tools with them before they leave the shop. All this means fewer labor hours wasted on workers waiting for a machine to be serviced.
Lower overall costs — Less downtime, reduced waste, fewer empty man-hours, combining the power of a CMMS and preventative maintenance will save you money nearly across the board. Processes are streamlined, which means better overall organizational efficiency, a net plus on your bottom line.
A clear picture of every asset — Real-time data on location and status allows you to immediately understand where everything in your fleet is, what condition it’s in, what work is being done to it and when you can expect it to be completed.
Predictive maintenance and a CMMS technology allow you to maximize performance and efficiency across your fleet. It will help you extend lifecycles, increase productivity and save money. And ES Track gives you both in one convenient platform.
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