In the industrial field, corrective and preventive maintenance have played an essential role in guaranteeing the efficient operation of equipment and extending its useful life.
However, thanks to technology advancements and the advent of Industry 4.0, we currently have better alternatives for process optimization. Enter predictive maintenance.
In this article, we will explain what predictive maintenance consists of, highlighting its main differences from other types of existing equipment protection. In addition, we will analyze its operation and the advantages it can provide to your industrial heating equipment.
What is Predictive Maintenance?
Predictive maintenance can be defined as a series of actions and measurements that are applied to anticipate equipment or machinery failures.
This approach can identify patterns that suggest system or process errors, allowing us to anticipate and act accordingly. This could include scheduling interventions to correct any problems that may arise, before addressing the problem becomes more expensive.
Differences Between Predictive, Preventive and Corrective Maintenance
Predictive maintenance differs from preventive and corrective maintenance by focusing on the early detection of equipment failure, with the aim of preventing unexpected damage, avoiding production stoppages and, consequently, resulting in greater efficiency and long-term cost savings.
Corrective maintenance, also known as ‘reactive maintenance’, involves repairing equipment after a failure.
Preventive maintenance is based on inspecting the equipment regularly to avoid breakdowns and to minimize wear and tear on furnaces, kilns, ovens, and dryers.
Each type of maintenance has its advantages and can be implemented alongside one another in order to optimize processes.