Predictive maintenance gives you control over when equipment will shut down. That is, instead of an unintentional shutdown occurring in the middle of a production run (a bad thing for, say, a glass plant), it occurs in a planned, orderly fashion. Because you see equipment is moving along a trend to failure (based on your insulation resistance trending, coronal analysis, oil analysis, thermography, or whatever other predictive tools you're using), you can schedule repairs rather than react to a crisis.

You'll have on hand everything you need:

  1. Replacement parts.
  2. Repair techs and support personnel.
  3. Lights, power, drawings, cleaning supplies, safety guards, and PPE.
  4. Test equipment and tools.
Plus, production won't pay surprised operators to stand around and wait while a critical order is going out late to a major customer. It will also allow engineering to look at possible upgrades. You can coordinate with the utility, fire department, EPA, etc., as needed. In addition, you can consult with vendors, manufacturers, and service firms.