How Did the IoT Become Indispensable for Advanced Maintenance?

As we enter the era of the Internet of Things, the fourth Industrial Revolution, everything around us becomes connected and smart.
By Ralitsa Peycheva
Aug 06, 2017

Maintenance managers are obliged to continuously refine their processes and practices to adapt to the changes of the global economy. And even though connected devices are about to revolutionize the maintenance world and are proving their benefits year after year, there are still some professionals who believe that adopting a new technology can be too complex.

One of the main stereotypes is that maintenance workers are not tech-savvy enough and would need decades to adopt next-gen maintenance routines. As with all stereotypes, breaking this one is definitely worth it since people nowadays are so used to the fast-paced digital world. Furthermore, most of today's advanced technologies feature intuitive designs and offer great user experience.

Adopting the IoT in an organization's maintenance routine would improve the customer experience and deliver precious insights into operations and supply chains. Embedded technology connects devices to generate and share massive amounts of data that are used to create powerful predictive algorithms and initiate instant work orders. On top of that, affordable sensors and modern software-as-a-service (SaaS) computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) solutions make the IoT and the latest maintenance technologies very interesting investments.

Latest Trends in Maintenance Management
Advanced maintenance is of crucial importance for companies' competitiveness. The latest asset-management trends reach beyond equipment maintenance and aim at sustainable development, safety and energy savings. Data exchange, automation, connectivity and predictive analytics are just some of the significant changes that many organizations have already embraced. Many of these trends have appeared in the context of the Internet of Things, or the IoT can be seen as their natural sequel. By exploiting the synergies between them, companies are about to gain a significant competitive advantage.

Next-gen CMMS: Implementing a next-gen CMMS can enormously improve a company's overall performance. SaaS CMMS can be accessed from anywhere, anytime and on any smart device. Such systems streamline the entire maintenance process and ease systems integration by connecting to enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems and data sensors, analyzing data, generating automatic work orders and managing spare parts inventory. Solutions as Mobility Work even feature a social-media aspect and facilitate the communication of maintenance professionals all around the world. These kind of products have been consciously developed to adapt to all emerging digital trends.

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