The first wave of IIoT industry analyst reports, approximately two years ago, included big claims and produced a lot of head scratching by manufacturers and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) due to the lack of actual applications. Two years later, pilot projects are producing results and the next discipline to catch on is prescriptive maintenance.
The best way to describe prescriptive maintenance is “preventive maintenance technology with built-in intelligence, with the ultimate goal to minimize machine downtime. Below is a white paper, titled, “Digital Prescriptive Maintenance,” and it shows how sensors and diagnostics play their part with a prescriptive maintenance approach.
From the White Paper:
Prescriptive maintenance goes beyond the realm of productive, preventive, and predictive maintenance. Descriptive focuses on what happened in the past. Predictive analytics discovers potential options for the future. Prescriptive maintenance leverages all these approaches and capabilities. The realm of what should happen and the execution of optimized maintenance strategies is precisely the realm of prescriptive maintenance. With prescriptive maintenance, devices, in collaboration with operators, are proactive participants in their own maintenance.