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"We chose the PlantRun System because of its wide capacity for integration with all our equipment and what seems like an endless scope for customisation.”
Adam Marsland
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Harman Technology
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Usage based maintenance, as a maintenance strategy, is a practice that seeks to schedule maintenance based on actual equipment usage, rather than on a predetermined schedule. This approach can provide an array of benefits in manufacturing environments, such as enhanced equipment performance, improved efficiency, enhanced safety, improved predictability, and enhanced data accuracy.

The primary advantage of usage based maintenance is that it helps to ensure that equipment is optimally maintained and operates at peak performance levels. With this approach, organisations can avoid the risk of equipment failure due to a lack of maintenance, which can result in costly downtime and reduced productivity. In addition, by performing maintenance only when it is required, organizations can prevent unnecessary maintenance that could lead to reduced equipment performance.

Usage based maintenance also helps to increase efficiency by reducing the time and resources required for maintenance activities. Unlike the traditional approach of scheduling maintenance on a predetermined schedule, this practice ensures that maintenance is performed only when it is necessary, freeing up time and resources for other important activities.

Another critical benefit of usage based maintenance is that it enhances safety in the workplace. By scheduling maintenance based on actual usage, organisations can reduce the risk of equipment failure, which can lead to accidents, injuries, and production disruptions.

Furthermore, usage based maintenance helps to improve predictability by making maintenance schedules more accurate and reliable. With this approach, organisations can forecast maintenance activities more precisely, leading to better planning and scheduling efforts.

Finally, usage based maintenance can enhance data accuracy by collecting data on equipment usage, which can be used for decision making and planning. This practice helps organisations to better understand the maintenance needs of their equipment, leading to more informed decisions about maintenance schedules and resources.

In summary, usage based maintenance can be a valuable strategy for improving equipment performance and increasing efficiency in manufacturing environments.

With continuous monitoring of equipment run time and cycles, PlantRun makes usage based maintenance simple to implement. Dashboards display usage since last maintenance and usage to date, while alerts notify the maintenance team when maintenance is due for each asset that is monitored.