A successful manufacturing operation will always be at the mercy of the machines that enable it. Each and every process operates much more efficiently when a machine is operating at its full potential. Reaching this potential requires regularly scheduled maintenance, typically in the form of preventive or predictive maintenance. Preventive maintenance is a long-standing strategy in the manufacturing industry. This strategy is rather simple: schedule routine maintenance to each individual piece of manufacturing equipment and perform maintenance on them at those scheduled intervals. Some intervals will be different for different sets of equipment; older pieces of equipment may require additional maintenance than newer pieces of equipment over the same time period. The alternative to this method of maintenance is known as predictive maintenance. As the number of Internet of Things technologies that are made specifically for the manufacturing industry increase, so do the possibilities they present. With predictive maintenance and these technologies, equipment owners are better able to predict when their equipment will fail and what maintenance measures should be taken in order to prevent said failure and ensure greater efficiency over time. Each piece of equipment is different, however, and it is ultimately up to your organization to determine which form of care it needs. To learn more about these methods of maintenance, in addition to the technologies making it possible, please read on to the infographic accompanying this post.

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