Now that we’ve explained what the IIoT is and its effect on the maintenance department, let’s talk about what your organization stands to gain. There are a host of time- and labor-saving benefits associated with integrating maintenance and the IIoT:
- Reduces downtime by helping maintenance identify compromised assets more quickly, when, or even before, they fail.
- Better prioritizes which pieces of equipment get attention; instead of doing maintenance by a schedule, it’s done by the condition of the asset, which communicates its state via the IIoT. It’s condition-based maintenance with direct input from the asset.
- Links the asset directly to MRO inventory to automatically call out parts needed for maintenance requirements.
- Makes more efficient use of maintenance labor, keeping technicians and engineers assigned to the highest priority tasks and reducing overtime.
In many organizations, maintenance is currently perceived as a cost center, a necessary expense of doing business. The IIoT is likely to radically change this, as proactive measures taken on the real-time data it delivers drive productivity through less downtime and better-optimized asset performance. Increasingly, maintenance will be understood as a profit center. With less downtime, factories will produce more product. Every penny formerly wasted on unnecessary repair will go to the bottom line.
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Read the Whole Series: A Maintenance Manager’s Guide to the Industrial Internet of Things
- What do you need to know?
- What is the IIoT and how does it affect maintenance operations?
- What are the benefits to the maintenance department?
- What and who is driving the development of the IIoT?
- How will the IIoT impact the maintenance team?
- Is IIoT happening already?
- What are the biggest challenges IIoT must overcome?
- How is the IIoT taking maintenance into the future?