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Answering some
basic questions will
help you set up a
PdM pilot project
that will successfully
scale to system-wide
implementation.

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the mindset taken by leadership. It's common to see
a three-phase evolution of how PdM initiatives are
perceived among industrial management. Initially,
these efforts are purely seen as an expense. This is
certainly reasonable as it does take time, money, and
other resources to procure, install, commission, and
manage the data-collection devices that are the foundation of a PdM program. It could take six months to
a year to move out of phase one.
The second phase (the one in which most companies get stuck) is to perceive PdM initiatives as
insurance. In this phase, traditional maintenance
practices must continue, completely unaffected by
the PdM technology being used unless a finding
warrants specific action. That means routes continue,
reporting standards don't change, and staffing/
human resources remain the same. PdM solutions are simply running in parallel, and their only
purpose is to prevent catastrophic machine failure.
Again, this is completely reasonable during the
early-to-medium stages of a reliability transformation, and phase two could last for years.
The third phase is viewing the program as a powerful investment that produces valuable returns.

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Organizations in phase three recognize that it's more efficient to use
sensors to track asset performance
than to perform manual inspections. They also understand that
monitoring a higher percentage of
assets creates more opportunities
to proactively address issues based
on condition rather than run time.
In short, an investment approach to
PdM leads decision makers to transform their maintenance and reliability practices and realize substantial
returns on their investments.
Implementing technology solutions within manufacturing and
industrial organizations isn't easy,
especially when teams are entrenched in traditional practices. It's
important to understand this truth
and do what we can to set ourselves
up for success during our journey
toward a predictive-maintenance
culture. PdM isn't about spending a lot of money on
fancy gadgets or creating extra work for an already
overburdened maintenance team. It certainly isn't
about keeping things the same.
It's a transformational process that seeks to leverage modern technology solutions to such that they
have a positive impact on operations. It's about maximizing production uptime in the most efficient way
possible. If you're preparing to begin your journey
toward a predictive-maintenance culture, make sure
you start with the end in mind, properly scope your
pilot efforts, and allow the insights derived to change
your day-to-day operations for the better. EP
Justin Lesley, Industry 4.0 Innovation Manager at
Motion, Birmingham, AL (motion.com), directs IIoT
strategy and partnerships related to the MRO industry.
His career centers on operational efficiency supported
by his Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma certifications, combined with his engineering credentials.
Lesley guides manufacturers along their digitaltransformation journey by helping them implement
connected, predictive-maintenance solutions.

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