Guide to choosing the most reliable asset maintenance devices

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Guide to Choosing Asset Maintenance Devices

Choosing asset maintenance devices for implementing CMMS software. In today’s competitive business landscape, maximizing the lifespan and productivity of your assets is crucial. This is where effective asset maintenance comes in. However, with a variety of maintenance devices available, selecting the right ones can be overwhelming. This guide will equip you with the knowledge to make informed decisions and choose asset maintenance devices that perfectly align with your needs.

Understanding Your Asset Landscape with CMMS

The first step is to gain a comprehensive understanding of your assets. Here are some key factors to consider:

  • Types of Assets: Identify the various assets you maintain, whether it’s machinery, facilities, or vehicles.
  • Criticality: Analyze the potential consequences of manufacturing downtime. Are there safety risks? Production stoppages? Classify assets based on their criticality for maintenance prioritization.
  • Maintenance Strategy: Determine the most suitable maintenance approach for each asset. Common strategies include preventive maintenance, condition-based maintenance, and a panic button for corrective maintenance.

Common Asset Maintenance Devices

Now, let’s explore some popular asset maintenance devices and how they can contribute to your strategy:

  • Vibration Monitoring Systems: These detect and analyze vibration patterns in equipment, providing early warning signs of potential issues like bearing wear or imbalance.
  • Inventory tracking: These pinpoint the location for pallet tracking in warehouses, to reduce the time taken for group item picking and Fifo methods in inventory management
  • Condition Monitoring Sensors: These intelligent sensors continuously monitor various parameters like temperature humidity and pressure, providing valuable data for preventive maintenance.
  • Handheld Diagnostic Tools: These portable devices, like vibration meters and stroboscopes, enable technicians to perform basic inspections and diagnose equipment issues on-site.

Choosing the Right Asset Maintenance Devices

When selecting asset maintenance devices, consider these factors:

  • Compatibility: Ensure the devices are compatible with the specific assets you maintain. For instance, machine uptime monitoring systems might require specific sensor types for different machinery.
  • Data Acquisition and Analysis: Consider how the devices collect and transmit data. Do they integrate with your Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) for centralized analysis? – Read about CMMS benefits.
  • Ease of Use: Evaluate the user-friendliness of the devices. Are they easy for your maintenance personnel to operate and interpret the data on the visualisation dashboard, wireless inventory trackers with alerts and notifications.
  • Cost-Effectiveness: Balance the upfront cost of the devices with long-term benefits like reduced downtime and maintenance expenses.

Beyond Devices: Building a Holistic Strategy

While asset maintenance devices play a vital role, they are just one piece of the puzzle. Here are some additional considerations for a successful strategy:

  • Training: Equip your maintenance personnel with the knowledge and skills to utilize the chosen devices effectively.
  • Data Management: Establish a system for storing, analyzing, and acting on the RTLS data collected from the devices.
  • Continuous Improvement: Regularly assess the effectiveness of your preventive maintenance strategy and make adjustments as needed based on performance data and evolving needs. Read about CMMS comparison

Contact us for POC to carefully evaluate asset maintenance devices and implement a comprehensive strategy, you can optimize asset performance, maximize return on investment (ROI), and ensure the smooth operation of your organization.

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Mr Srihari Acharya is head of Ripples IoT pte Ltd, RTLS solution sales in Bengaluru India. He brings over 6 years of experience and expertise in industrial automation solutions