Mobile Maintenance Management Essay

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Since the early 2000s the manufacturing industry has trended towards employing preventive maintenance methodologies in production areas in order to maintain a competitive advantage. Industries have used a process called “condition monitoring” to identify critical equipment parameters such as temperature, vibration and visual inspection characteristics such as leaks and abnormal noise to predict and prevent mechanical failure. This process moves the concept of maintenance away from a tactic of “fail and fix” to an optimal approach of “predict and prevent”. This approach "saves time, money and resources" by providing companies with a conditioned-based status of critical operational equipment, and thus promotes optimal repair, downtime and …show more content…
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In order to realize the importance of employing mobile computing devices such as PDAs and tablets for maintenance in industry, major industry changes along with the concept of condition-based-maintenance must first be examined. Today industries are faced with an ever growing demand to provide improvements on system productivity, availability and safety, product quality and customer satisfaction [1]. To remain competitive companies must be able to produce goods and services faster and safer and continuously without production shutdowns or delays due to process equipment failures. “In this environment maintenance plays a critical role in a company’s ability to compete on the basis of cost, quality and delivery of goods produced [1].
In order to meet these high demands of production companies have undergone major changes which require “transforming from traditional “fail and fix” maintenance practices to “predict and prevent” e-maintenance strategies” [1].
With the new approach companies proactively monitor equipment parameters that can accurately predict imminent failure.
The companies then plan and perform the needed maintenance on the equipment with minimal disruption to production.
The traditional approach involved waiting for critical operational equipment to fail,

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