Industrial Maintenance: I am sure you’ve heard this term before. But why is it so important for your company, and what are its key concepts? In this blog we’ll guide you through the importance of Industrial Maintenance and explain what your organization needs to know.
Let’s begin with the core of Industrial Maintenance: ensuring the proper functionality of machinery and equipment through a set of documented procedures to help continue their role in the production process.
In addition to reliable performance of instruments and machinery, industrial maintenance processes are responsible for ensuring your safety and the safety of everything around you – people, assets, and the environment.
By performing regular equipment replacements and repairs, and monitoring parts that make up a company’s maintenance space, organizations are able to maximize their productive potential.
Industrial Maintenance is an important part of asset management strategy, that aims to maintain high levels of efficiency across the board.
Some Important Concepts
Planning industrial maintenance in advance is important to maintaining both the quality of the equipment and the quality of the final product.
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A company’s maintenance process must be in accordance with their company's best practices, which deals exclusively with the reliability and maintainability of an industry and the processes that are important to maintain quality standards.
There are several types of industrial maintenance, three of which are discussed in this standard, but there are others that have been developed with the daily routine of a production plant in mind:
- Corrective Maintenance is performed after a break, fail or crash and is intended to correct an item or piece of equipment in order to ensure the satisfactory fulfillment of their duties. This type of maintenance can be further divided into two subtypes – the planned and the unplanned – and their differences manifest in how the failure is detected during production.
- Preventive Maintenance aims to prevent major failures from occurring via a well-defined, periodic maintenance plan.
- Predictive Maintenance is done through constant equipment monitoring and data gathering – and using that data to predict and pre-empt equipment failure.
- Detective Maintenance depends on protection systems and is performed when equipment flaws are detected and resolved.
- Lastly, we have Prescriptive Maintenance which consists of recommendations to prevent failures from occurring.
How to Succeed in Industrial Maintenance
Industrial maintenance has some defined terms that are important for its operation and operational success. Its priorities can be divided into three types:
- Emergency, when defects or failures pose a high-risk for the operation.
- Critical, when maintenance is not an emergency but must be scheduled to run in a few days.
- Normal, when maintenance can be normally planned and scheduled.
Maintenance starts with the opening of a Maintenance Order – a document that defines the work to be performed and instructions for carrying out maintenance correctly. There are also Corrective Orders, which are used for emergency services and immediate execution. The Planned Order is typically not urgent and is often part of a preventive maintenance plan.
The Route Order is used when there are maintenance plans, and the General Stop Order is given when necessary procedures require a complete stop of the equipment, following the same process as a planned order.
Maintenance Notes are another important item. They help to ensure the continuity of processes and record the events and indicators that are important to the business.
- The Job Request is the request for the maintenance service, without emergency status.
- The Transaction records the history and operational services performed through the Transaction Note.
- When creating a corrective order, an Occurrence Note must be created to document the emergency service performed.
- The Inspection Note is used to collect data and maintain the execution of routes, and also to register the positive impact for industrial maintenance.
Errors in industrial maintenance can be detrimental to the entire production environment and can cause more than just failures and breaks in machinery and equipment.
Safety is a fundamental pillar for the quality of the industrial plant, as well as the final product being produced.
The impact of an equipment failure can jeopardize the safety of every worker on a site and may even extend to the environment in some cases. Don’t take risks and be prepared.