A predictive approach can be applied to any equipment problem if, first, a physical parameter like vibration, temperature, pressure, voltage, current, or resistance can be measured. An engineering limit for the measured physical parameter must be established so a problem can be detected during routine monitoring. Also, the limit should be low enough to detect the problem before destructive damage occurs. Correcting the root problem is the key to most predictive efforts.
By helping your customers apply the predictive approach to maintenance, downtime can be avoided and costs can be reduced. The advantage to the service contractor is that maintenance work can be planned and performed on a regular schedule.