6. PREDICTIVE (NOT PREVENTATIVE) MAINTENANCE
Jeremy Wright, director of product management for Advanced Technology Services, says that because of the availability, affordability, and installation of IoT sensors, the factory maintenance and MRO provider has gone from a "company that fixes broken things to a company a lot more focused on things not breaking in the first place."
ATS has found that temperature, vibration, and run time data, for example, collected a gearbox at a food and beverage operation will help them figure out when to fix the same component at a paper manufacturer. Instead of being called out to fix something, ATS can monitor data and identify precursors to equipment failure and act accordingly, like a Minority Report-style PreCrime Unit but for machines. The PreCog abilities here are sure to shake up PDM and PM scheduling in a good way, and provide plant managers that elusive squad goal: peace of mind.
The interest from customers wanting to go from reactive to proactive has been quite significant. By the end of 2017 the company has a total of 35 reliability engineers who specialize in the predictive maintenance, and they are expecting this number to increase throughout 2018.