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What does Predictive Maintenance mean?

The maintenance process Predictive Maintenance, originating from Industry 4.0, is based on the evaluation of process and machine data. Through this predictive maintenance, condition data can be obtained from machines and systems can be proactively maintained. Predictive maintenance techniques are used to determine the condition of equipment in operation in order to predict when maintenance should be carried out. This can result in cost savings over routine or time-based preventive maintenance, as tasks are only performed when they are actually necessary. The following three steps should be followed for effective and long-term establishment:

  • Collection, digitization and transmission of data
  • Storage, analysis and evaluation of the collected data
  • Calculation of probabilities of occurrence for specific events