Maintenance 5.0 and the smart maintenance era

What you will find in this text:

  1. What is Maintenance 5.0
  2. What is Smart Maintenance
  3. Entering the Maintenance 5.0 universe
  4. How to adopt Smart Maintenance
  5. The benefits of Maintenance 5.0 and Smart Maintenance

As we move from the computer-focused Industry 4.0 age, into a new human-centric era of Industry 5.0, we will begin to see a more harmonious relationship between a human workforce and machines and robotic labor.

By making the best use of the advances in technology, the opportunities to move beyond simply automating processes, to creating industrial processes that are agile, innovative, and able to adapt to offer a greater level of personalization to customers. Of course, any industrial changes always have an impact on maintenance management, and so it is no surprise that as we move to Industry 5.0, we shall also move forward with Maintenance 5.0.

What is Maintenance 5.0

The symbiosis of software, robots, and humans is key to Maintenance 5.0. It is this collaboration that is set to make the world of maintenance, safer and more proactive. It’s an era of preventative maintenance, yet it goes further than that, into the realms of predictive maintenance.

With modern technological advances and IoT technologies, it now becomes possible to gather data that can take the guesswork out of making predictions for maintenance issues and allows a smart system to make accurate predictions that can be relied on to a greater extent than ever before. This is set to transform the way we think about maintenance. No longer will we wait for something to break, and then fix it. Our algorithms will determine when it is most likely to break and how it will break, so we can put preventative measures in place by pre-empting the failure and replacing parts before they wear out. 

What is Smart Maintenance

Smart maintenance is essentially the process of being one step ahead of your maintenance issues and using technology to achieve that goal. With a combination of data analysis and data gathered from IoT sensors and detectors, certain predictions can be made. A temperature sensor on a piece of machinery could alert the smart maintenance system that something is out of the ordinary and the machinery is getting too hot.

Data gathered from previous similar incidents may suggest that the issue could be due to a part that causes the temperature to rise when it becomes worn. The age of the part can be checked as extra confirmation that this is the likely cause. The system can then allocate the job of replacing the part, and schedule the repair for a convenient time that keeps downtime and disruption to a minimum. That’s the ‘smart’ way to do it. Saving time and money and keeping people safe, when compared with simply waiting until the machine breaks down and then initiating the fix. 

Entering the Maintenance 5.0 universe

Smart maintenance is going to be huge, it’s a concept that will impact massively in industry, but will also filter down to everyday life, to the gadgets we have in our homes. When your freezer breaks, the first thing you usually know about it is that your food isn’t cold anymore. Imagine though, if your freezer automatically sent a message to your mobile phone, to let you know that its thermostat wasn’t working, or that the condenser fan was broken.

Data can be automatically sent to manufacturers, giving them an overview of product faults across the world. This data could be invaluable for creating more reliable products in the future. Within industry, this pre-emptive approach will allow a higher level of control of maintenance, with better scheduling of preventative maintenance measures and inspections, allowing robots to take on high-risk jobs, and keeping safety levels high. Smart maintenance is primarily a massive data-driven system, tracking factory assets and analyzing historic data to save time and money, and boost productivity. 



How to adopt Smart Maintenance

Technology moves fast, and so does the business world. If you haven’t already, now is the time to really think about the future of your business, and how you can incorporate systems and processes to successfully and smoothly move into the Industry 5.0 and Maintenance 5.0 era. Your smart maintenance system is hugely important, so ensuring you have a robust system in place that can integrate with other systems and IoT devices is paramount.

Gathering IoT data is also incredibly beneficial, so looking towards implementing more sensors of this type could be particularly useful for improving your maintenance processes. This is certainly an excellent choice when upgrading your equipment, but retrofitting such technology to existing machinery may also be a wise choice.  

The benefits of Maintenance 5.0 and Smart Maintenance

The benefits of Maintenance 5.0 are far-reaching. By being a step ahead of maintenance, and using smart maintenance systems to get a clearer picture of your maintenance requirements, you are reducing the risk of unexpected failures. By implementing a timely proactive system of updates, maintenance, and part replacement, before there is a failure, you are keeping processes running, and perhaps avoiding more costly repairs later down the line. In addition, you’re keeping workers safe, by preventing machines from breaking while they are in use and becoming potentially dangerous.

By keeping everything up and running, and scheduling maintenance outside of your busiest times, productivity levels will be high, and output will remain at the maximum level. Avoiding production delays ensures deadlines are met and customers are happy. 

Additionally, as the future of our planet becomes a global concern, by moving to an Industry 5.0 and Maintenance 5.0-centered business, you place the focus on repairing and recycling rather than replacement and excessive waste. A move to more eco-friendly and sustainable methods, when implemented across industries, is certainly going to have a positive impact on our planet.

The fundamental basis of all maintenance management should be a high-quality smart maintenance platform. It’s important to know what you want from such a platform before you go ahead with implementation. Not all products in this area are made equal, so you need to make sure that all your requirements will be met, that your system will be easy to install, will integrate smoothly and effectively with your existing systems, and will be intuitive to use.

Do you want a system that uses machine learning to make accurate predictions for your maintenance processes? Do you want a system that can be easily accessed remotely on mobile devices? Will it need to incorporate IoT-enabled devices and offer insightful reports based on all data accumulated? 

If you answered yes to any or all of those questions, it's time to discover Fracttal, an all-in-one asset maintenance management solution. Fracttal encompasses all aspects of asset management and maintenance including IoT, Big Data, and mobility.

The platform integrates seamlessly with all enterprise management systems, it uses advanced AI and machine learning techniques to bring you accurate predictions to prevent asset failure, and it connects to Fracttal X, an innovative IoT monitoring solution. Isn’t it time you found out more?