Predictive maintenance is an ice-breaker when it comes to increasing operational efficiency at your factory or industry. In the highly competitive age that we live in today, industries are increasingly resorting to predictive maintenance for reducing the downtime of their machines and equipment. Let’s figure out, how Predictive Maintenance using IoT is helping industries.
Companies are utilizing the Internet of things (IoT)-based technologies to create easily deployable comprehensive predictive maintenance solution packages at an affordable budget. As per a report by ARC, predictive maintenance has emerged to be the largest domain where IoT is finding applications in all sectors.
In this article, we shall focus on the evolving trends in IoT-based predictive maintenance
The predecessors: Reactive maintenance and Preventive Maintenance
Today factories mainly follow what is known as Run-to-Failure maintenance and Preventive Maintenance models for the upkeep of their machines and equipment.
The reactive model of maintenance is one where equipment is maintained or replaced only when it is rendered useless due to a failure. A reactive model is highly inefficient and leads to lower machine availability and higher downtime. It is due to this reason that the reactive model is best-suited for those less-critical assets in the operational process whose unavailability has little impact on production.
On the contrary, a preventive maintenance model is where teams in charge of maintenance carry out repair and replacement jobs on machines based on a predefined maintenance schedule.
Both these approaches do not assess or predict the actual working condition of machines.
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Predictive Maintenance in IOT
The idea of predictive maintenance is based on knowing and understanding the running condition of the machine. Knowledge about the running condition of the machine can lead to better maintenance and machine reliability. To know and understand machine health, various parameters such as vibration, the temperature of the machine, etc can be used.
These parameters can be continuously monitored with the help of sensors that can be installed at various places on the machine. Analyzing the output of these sensors through suitable software can help in effectively understanding machine health. Although this method of maintenance is highly effective, it is quite expensive.
Trends in IoT and other technologies- the road to mainstreaming of Predictive maintenance
Thanks to the Internet of things (IoT), the idea of predictive maintenance is gaining traction. With IoT, continuous monitoring of machines and machine parts is becoming a reality. The use of wireless sensors that can talk to each other has made predictive maintenance with IoT affordable to companies. Among the many technologies that are powering this revolution in IoT-based predictive maintenance are:
Wireless Technologies used in IoT
As the IT revolution surges, the speed and quality of wireless technology are getting better each day. Take Wi-Fi technology or 4G internet speeds for that matter. With such excellent connectivity, wireless sensors can easily transmit and receive machine health data. Also, there are Low Power Wide Area Network technologies, like LoRaWAN, Zigbee, BLE Mesh etc which are used when a large number of sensor devices send data to the central Unit. This has not only made monitoring of machine health automatic but also more accurate and cheaper.
Low-cost Sensors used in industries
With the rapid penetration of smartphones across the world, the smartphone industry has grown by leaps and bounds. The growth of the smartphone industry, on the other hand, has been putting downward pressure on the price of sensors. These miniaturized smart sensors are just what the doctor ordered for the IoT-based predictive maintenance technology. There are sensors like humidity sensors and temperature sensors that are widely used in IoT.
Cloud Computing and edge computing in IoT
The advances in cloud computing have made data transfers, storage, etc quite inexpensive and secure. IoT Cloud computing platforms such as AWS are increasingly being used by companies for their IoT and related computing needs. This has opened a world of possibilities for predictive maintenance through IoT. Edge computing is widely used in IoT Edge gateway and now has become an integral part of IoT. Cloud and edge computing differ as Edge computing is the act of running workloads on edge devices; While Cloud computing is the act of running workloads within the cloud.
predictive maintenance with Artificial Intelligence and Machine learning (ai/mL)
Artificial Intelligence can be a powerful tool to help analysts analyze sensor data to continuously monitor and understand machine health, and carry out predictive maintenance. Machine Learning is the subset of Artificial intelligence, that can acquire knowledge and learn by itself based on algorithms. AI and ML with IoT together have very high potential.
future of Predictive maintenance using IoT
Factories are responsible for churning out goods that make our lives more convenient and pleasurable to live. Whether it is the AC that cools our homes or the cars that we drive, everything is made in factories. IoT-based predictive maintenance has the potential to further raise the efficiency of our industrial processes leading to greater operational efficiency, better supply chain and inventory management, and lower costs.
Hence, there’s no reason for industries to wait any longer to adopt the idea of IoT based predictive maintenance.
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PsiBorg is an IoT solution Provider, where we have developed various solutions for different industries including predictive maintenance.