Predictive maintenance is a growing field with options for connectivity and data collection that can thrust any manufacturer into the future of factory technology. Like preventive maintenance, predictive maintenance is a proactive approach. The main difference between preventive and predictive maintenance is that predictive maintenance utilizes condition-monitoring equipment to assess the performance of assets through a more real-time, data-driven approach, therefore, identifying the potential for issues before they occur.
While the planned downtime in preventive maintenance may be inconvenient and represents a decrease in overall capacity availability, it’s highly preferable to the unplanned downtime of reactive maintenance, where costs and duration may be unknown until the problem is diagnosed and addressed. For more on this, continue reading below.