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inputs into their predictive models, adding
additional intelligence and accuracy.
The next frontier of advanced maintenance and reliability technology will
involve the industrial supply chain. Repair
or replace decisions are relatively simple to
make after detecting a pending asset failure
especially if the parts are readily available
and/or conveniently stored on a spares shelf.
Decisions change considerably when the
parts have a multi-month lead time.
As PdM solution providers begin to work
more closely with supply-chain partners,
further inputs such as lead time, warranty
coverage, time in service, and repair history
will help reliability professionals make the
decision to repair an asset or replace it with
a new unit for maximum efficiency.

START SMALL, SCALE FAST
It can be overwhelming to develop a
comprehensive PdM strategy for an entire
facility. Solution providers understand this
and many of them offer "starter kits" to help
users test their solution without making a
big commitment. These kits generally offer
a few sensors and the additional hardware
required to transmit and/or display data.
Many starter kits use a local or "on prem"
(premises) architecture with the option
to upgrade to a connected or cloud-based
architecture when scaling up. Once you
are comfortable with a solution (users are
trained, value is proven, and sensor installation is understood), it's time to deploy more
sensors and scale up.
Even if you don't initially have a holistic
PdM strategy, it's a good idea to consider
how many solutions it would take to monitor all of the critical assets in your facility
and how the data they create will be used.
As you begin to chart the course ahead,
you will want to build a list of all the
maintainable assets in your facility and rank
them by criticality. It would also be a good
idea to note which assets are easy to replace

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versus those that were custom made, have
long lead times, or are difficult to replace.
You also want to create a framework for
ROI expectations or requirements for funding/approval purposes. ROI calculations
for PdM solutions can be tricky as you will
need to include "hard dollars" and "soft dollars." End users should consider consulting
an experienced third party when exploring
predictive-maintenance solutions and the
overall strategy for putting them to use in
your organization.

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Despite the fact that PdM solutions
aren't perfect, they provide valuable
machine-health insights and will only
improve with time. Solution providers are
documenting success stories every day and
will document more and more as hardware
and software improvements are made and
PdM is embraced as mainstream.
Depending on the size of your company and its technology-adoption maturity,
you may have vastly different resources
available to leverage the benefits of today's
predictive-maintenance solutions. If your
organization is not already putting these
tools to use, it's in your best interest to begin
your PdM journey today. EP
Justin Lesley, Industry 4.0 Innovation Manager at Motion Industries., Birmingham,
AL (motionindustries.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.
Chantel Massie, Software Product Manager Digital Solutions at Rexnord Corp.,
Milwaukee (rexnord.com), manages the
software design for Rexnord's Smart Condition Monitoring Systems (SMCS) portal and
mobile app. Massie began her career as a
software engineer in the U.S. Air Force.

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