From Developing Performance Indicators for Managing Maintenance, Second Edition

Where is the future of maintenance headed and what will be the trends of the future? This chapter will examine three major areas in which many organizations are focusing their current improvement initiatives. The areas are:

  • Back to the Basics

  • Cost-Benefit Analysis

  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)

Back to the Basics

Many organizations today are returning to the basics. As technology changed the focus of many companies' manufacturing and process efforts, so too did it distract many maintenance organizations. The technology of inspection and detection increased and the maintenance organizations focused on the new tools and how to use them. As they did, they either hurriedly handed off the basic tasks of maintenance to the operators or they did not do them anymore. The result was that when vibration analysis indicated there was a problem with a bearing, all that took place was that the bearing was changed. Upon examining the bearing, however, it was found that the real problem was caused by a lack of lubrication.

The question is: Do maintenance organizations need technology to tell them that they are ignoring basic maintenance procedures and requirements on their equipment? It seems this is an expensive way to be reminded. One survey showed that over 50% of the equipment malfunctions and breakdowns occur due to the neglect of the basics of maintenance. As discussed in the preventive maintenance chapter, if the basic issues are not addressed, then little, if any, sustainable improvements will ever be achieved in equipment reliability.

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Products & Services
Thrust Bearings
Thrust bearings are comprised of components which support axial loads, and little to no radial loads. Types include tapered, cylindrical, spherical, and needle roller thrust bearings, thrust ball bearings, fluid-film thrust bearings, and magnetic thrust bearings.
Enterprise Asset Management Software (EAM)
Enterprise asset management (EAM) software monitors the status, deployment, performance, and maintenance of company assets.
Hydrostatic and Hydrodynamic Bearings
Hydrostatic bearings and hydrodynamic bearings are fluid film bearings that rely on a film of oil or air to create a clearance between the moving and stationary elements.
Codes, Standards, and Regulations
Codes, standards and regulations are developed, maintained, and promoted by regulatory agencies, engineering societies, and trade organizations.
Condition Monitoring and Predictive Maintenance (PdM) Software
Condition monitoring and predictive maintenance (PdM) software is used to predict equipment maintenance, and to monitor corrosion, oil condition, bearing wear, overheating and other parameters than can lead to the breakdown of capital equipment.

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