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06. 18. 2018

Using Predictive Maintenance to Reduce Risk

Using predictive maintenance is an effective way to reduce facility risks for all occupants, regardless of industry.

Maintenance in your facility is inevitable, and depending on the amount of time that passes between identifying an issue and correcting it, the costs associated with maintenance can soar. However, facilities how implement predictive maintenance as part of their standard processes can successfully reduce risk in their facilities in ways that go far beyond the budget. Facilities Managers need to understand the inherent challenges of relying solely on a reactive approach to maintenance, how predictive maintenance enables continuous improvement, and how these factors significantly reduce risk in the facility.

The Challenges of Traditional Maintenance Strategies

The challenges of traditional maintenance strategies are not hard to imagine or understand. Without embracing smart technologies or smart building solutions, Facilities Managers lack visibility across their distributed portfolios - never knowing what will break, when it will occur, or how it will affect guests and team members. Moreover, uncertainty of the overall “health” or condition of a critical asset will contribute to problems in creating an accurate budget and forecasting facility needs. Since risk management is dependent on understanding what may happen, traditional maintenance strategies are filled with risk.

Using Predictive Maintenance Enables Continuous Improvement

Predictive maintenance is a stepping stone on the path to continuous improvement. It allows Facilities Managers to identify facility needs before problems occur -  mitigating  potential equipment failures or disruptions to productivity, as well as disruptions to the guest experience. However, the use of predictive maintenance can have significant benefits for vendor relationship management, reports Chain Store Age.

Improved relations with service providers through better maintenance scheduling, allowing service providers to dispatch technicians and reduce costs by knowing exactly what needs to be addressed stands out as one of the key ways predictive maintenance enables continuous improvement. Furthermore, connected or smart building solutions signicantly reduce the time necessary for identifying maintenance needs. For example, a service technician can verify the components in need of repair or replacement, determine the exact costs associated with making the repair, and complete the service call faster.

How Predictive Maintenance Lowers Building Risk

Predictive maintenance can help Facilities Managers lower building risk in the following key ways:

  • Devices connected to the Internet of Things (IoT) bring a sense of continuity across facilities systems, as explained by Buildings.com. Furthermore, dashboard and tools in the single pane of glass ensure all team members can readily access data from such devices.
  • Smart sensor data can be used to generate automatic alerts and notifications of potential building risks, high temperatures, door closures, and the presence of toxic gases.
  • Reduce the chance of asset failure through predictive maintenance also decreases the risk of an asset leading to a major event, like catching fire or food spoilage and bacteria from poorly maintained systems.

Put the Power of Predictive Maintenance to Work in Your Facility Now

Predictive maintenance will reduce risk in your organization and improve Facilities Management team proficiency. Also known as condition monitoring, proactive, predictive maintenance is an integral step in enhancing the safety and security of your facilities. Learn how to put predictive maintenance in the fingertips of your team by contacting ENTOUCH online or calling 1-800-820-3511.

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