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        processes, boost efficiency, and significantly improve productivity. The gains from these measures include improved control, transparency, speed, productivity, modularity, availability, safety and sustainability.
The goal of Maintenance 4.0 is to utilize connected devices to gain insight into asset behavior to move from reactive maintenance to predictive maintenance and prevention, with the ultimate goal of dramatically improving reliability and performance.
Josh Flemming is the Strategic Market Director for SKF USA in Lansdale, PA. SKF provides machine health assessment, reliability engineering, and remanufacturing services.
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Increased competition and the rise of Industry 4.0 are influencing companies to consider outsourcing their PdM programs. This allows manufacturers to focus on their core capabilities while leveraging
the knowledge and expertise of trained experts in remote diagnostic centers.
A well-designed, rotating equipment maintenance program not only identifies and prevents pending machine failures, but can potentially eliminate their occurrence or reoccurrence. It also provides insight into operations and maintenance, which offers a better interpretation of analytics and improved lubrication for a more performance-based approach.
Future of Maintenance 4.0
Maintenance 4.0 will continue to evolve and generate more precise, quicker diagnostics, allowing companies to take action at an even faster pace. Virtual reality will also emerge as an enhanced form of communication between operators and engineers. Devices like smart glasses allow engineers to create a digital representation of faults, enabling them to analyze the situation in much greater detail.
Expect advancements in the decision- making capabilities of machines, especially robots, resulting in benefits such as carrying out work in dangerous or hazardous environments, as well as the use of self-driving vehicles for better supply chain management.
As the internet of things (IoT) continues to evolve, connected devices that use cloud computing will become the workhorses for a successful predictive maintenance program. Personnel will be able to access previously siloed data for a clearer, more holistic view of asset health.
Implementing Maintenance 4.0
A successful PdM program begins by assessing the daily workflow with industry benchmarks and key performance indicators. A roadmap for improvement is then established based on business goals and budgetary requirements.
Digitalization and the ever- increasing use of Big Data bring greater interconnectivity between machines and devices. Industry 4.0 is arming manufacturers with the ability to
use data strategically to streamline
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