Condition Based Maintenance
Condition Based Maintenance is a method where you monitor the real-time condition of your equipment to determine which maintenance tasks need to be performed. You can easily plan these tasks in a digital CMMS system.
This strategy provides several benefits, including the reduction of unplanned downtime. Furthermore you can improve inventory planning through accurate insights into which new parts are needed and when.
Condition Based Maintenance is typically used to measure values coming from a monitoring/SCADA system. The idea is that this real-time monitoring will give Maintenance Teams enough lead time before a failure occurs or performance drops below an optimal level.
You can also implement regular visual inspections or tests to check the condition of your equipment. The most common conditions to measure include vibrations, temperature, pressure, oil and noise.
The main goal of condition-based maintenance is to help you optimize your maintenance resources by performing maintenance work only when needed.
Let your equipment decide the best strategy
The first step is to determine which equipment is most suitable for this maintenance strategy. Non-critical equipment where a component can be replaced quickly might be better served by a different maintenance strategy.
Identifying equipment as critical, semi-critical and non-critical can help determine which equipment might benefit from a predictive maintenance strategy. This may include remote vibration sensors which, when paired with software, enable equipment condition monitoring from a distance.
This is highly effective for equipment where you have the possibility to measure the performance. However, this method requires an investment in special tools and monitoring systems, which may not make sense to all types of equipment economically.
It is therefore a rare method.