Did you know that by properly maintaining your machinery, the risk of work-related injury can be lowered significantly?
In a typical scenario with preventive maintenance, there is a set schedule for when machines must be maintained. This usually works sufficiently well to prevent breakdowns in production, which is why it’s widely adopted. However, this approach constitutes a potential danger for the machine operator, as a machine could suddenly deteriorate, ultimately resulting in catastrophic failure and thus risk of injury to anyone near the machine. By utilizing a predictive maintenance solution, the risk of catastrophic failure decreases significantly, as potential problems are addressed in a timely fashion.
There is also a case to be made considering the safety of the maintenance work itself. It’s estimated that 25-30% of fatal injuries in a production occurs in connection with maintenance work.
With a preventive maintenance strategy, the maintenance team is likely over-maintaining machines to prevent breakdowns. That means spending more time at risk of injuries such as electrocution, exposure to hazardous materials or being crushed by heavy machinery.
With a reactive maintenance strategy, a full production-stop is needed to assess and perform the repairs when a machine fails. It stands to reason that a longer, unexpected maintenance will contain more risks for maintenance workers, who are also under time pressure, as production is halted, and downtime is expensive.
Evidently, there’s a lot at stake when it comes to people safety in maintenance work. By using a predictive maintenance solution such as Hexastate’s, you’ll always have an insight into the condition of your machinery. Our AI-powered system transmits an alarm when the condition of a machine has worsened and explains the symptoms of the worsening. With this information at hand, you can schedule maintenance before a breakdown and perform repairs at a time where it impacts production the least.