In this era of advanced technology, Internet of things (IoT) is becoming an increasingly rising topic to discuss, not only in day to day life but in the workplace as well. As technology is playing a vital role in the field of maintenance management from cohesive processes to automation of several processes, internet of things, moving the maintenance industry to IOT can also have great impact on overall productivity and performance.
What is Internet of things (IoT)
Basically IoT is the system of several interconnected devices such as digital machines, mechanical devices, objects and people that are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer useful data over a specific network to make things work better together. Devices connected to the IoT are better able to send and receive data from each other without any human to human or human to computer contact or communication. We can connect different types of devices with help of internet of things such as mobile phones, printer, washing machine, headphone and giant machines as well like a manufacturing plant. According to the experts, more than 50 % of organizations and business will rely on internet of thing by the year of 2020 and almost all business operations would be more than automated.
How Internet of things Impacts Maintenance Management
There will be more variables to analyze things
No doubt, unnecessary vibration and irregular consumption of fuel or power are the clear indicators that a specific device or machine is about to fail or breakdown, but who will highlight the issues in real time to let the concerns know that something is going wrong? Definitely, properly installed sensors and other tools that can help you identify the problem in real time and these all can conveniently connected with help of IoT. In simple words, IoT integrated CMMS software can help the facility managers to catch issues in real time before an asset or equipment breaks down. Through this way, sensors make it practical for organizations and companies to gather and process data about specific conditions on a regular basis.
Improves inventory management and budget
What you will do if a necessary part is out of stock and major business equipment is under maintenance? Definitely it will take time to avail the part vendor and inefficacy would be the result. On another hand, an IoT integrated CMMS software can help the organization to manage its parts inventory in best possible way by sending alerts if something is low on stock.
There are a lot of drawbacks associated with poor inventory management like unavailability of necessary parts, emergency orders, inaccurate inventory budgets and so on that internet of things can keep a business or organization away from such issues. Facility managers can make the process of inventory management better with help of Iot not only to streamline maintenance processes but to keep the concerns on the top of inventory details.
Implementation of predictive maintenance
When it comes to reduce downtime by boosting the maintenance processes, IoT can play a vital role in implementation of predictive maintenance for specific business equipment and assets. Data obtained from internet of things can help the facility managers to determine things like an equipment failure is probable to happen, possible level of equipment failure and elements that would be associated with the situation etc. no matter it is reactive maintenance or predictive maintenance, IoT can help the business improve and streamline its maintenance operations remarkably. All recently stated details and information can help technicians to accomplish the required maintenance related jobs on time.
Maintenance systems can send alerts to concerns with IoT
It is something handy that can help the maintenance managers to complete predictive maintenance tasks immediately before the equipment fails to work properly. For example, if vibration, heat and power consumption related sensors are successfully installed on business assets and also connected to the IoT, when a sensor will detect any unusual occurrence like excessive vibration or power consumption it will send alerts to the technician or any other concerned entity even with short note or explanation regarding the issue. In results, issue can quickly be addressed to make sure all is well with the business assets and chances of breakdown are also lessen.