While preventive maintenance depends on best practices and historical data, predictive maintenance collects data from machine operations in real time and uses it to raise red flags when signs of a problem are detected.
Predictive maintenance has the advantage of being a proactive method, which means it can detect an issue early on and repair it before it becomes a total failure. When something goes wrong, predictive maintenance can drastically reduce unplanned downtimes. It also increases labor efficiency by lowering the number of equipment breakdowns and extending the equipment’s lifespan. While planned downtime for preventative maintenance is annoying and reduces total capacity availability, it is far preferable to unplanned downtime.
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