The ability to apply the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) technology to the efforts of maintenance and reliability (M&R) is quickly becoming an integral part of team strategies. How can M&R teams move to predictive strategies using connected devices? By using the best practices of connected reliability to create the roadmap for the journey
Connected reliability allows for the practical use of IIoT data for facilities of all sizes. Connectivity solutions maximize uptime, extend asset life, and deliver higher ROI. A complete connected reliability framework includes three essentials that connect assets, systems and people:
Teams must be able to use a technology mix to capture and aggregate actionable data for decisions about asset M&R strategies as a first step toward a truly connected facility. These technologies may include:
All data sources (mechanical, electrical, thermal, control, process and operations, building management) and types of tools (portable, wireless and software) should be used to obtain data from assets and systems.
Problems with data from disparate sources, which is often siloed and inaccessible, force some plants and facilities to operate without complete insight into equipment health. Once data from all sources is integrated for a total view of all assets and systems, teams can collaborate, share information and make better decisions using that connectivity.
Connected reliability requires inclusivity. Software solutions must have open architectures to extend the life of existing infrastructure investments. Mobile hardware must deliver new levels of affordability. With this inclusivity, organizations can extend coverage to more assets.
A complete connected reliability framework will economically and efficiently meet M&R teams where they are in the reliability journey. With comprehensive and fully integrated data driven by technology and software, mobile connectivity can be achieved, allowing teams to have everything they need in one location. Teams using a connected reliability framework are empowered to make decisions, empowered with actionable data, and empowered with mobility to access data anywhere and at any time.