Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, October 30-November 5: IoT for predictive maintenance, preventive maintenance shortcomings, spare parts management best practices, and more

Articles about IoT for predictive maintenance, preventive maintenance shortcomings, spare parts management best practices, why “Five Whys” may not be enough, and managing compressed air efficiency were Plant Engineering's five most clicked articles from last week, October 30-November 5. Were you out? You can catch up here.
By Sierra Grayson, CFE Media November 3, 2017

Top 5 Plant Engineering articles, October 30-November 5Plant Engineering’s top 5 most read articles from October 30-November 5, covered IoT for predictive maintenance, preventive maintenance shortcomings, spare parts management best practices, why “Five Whys” may not be enough, and managing compressed air efficiency. Link to each article below.

1. Harness the power of IoT for condition-based and predictive maintenance

IoT is making predictive maintenance and condition-based monitoring easier than ever. Prashant Kumar from Motors@Work walks through how developments in IoT technology can help better your maintenance program.

2. More preventive maintenance is not necessarily the answer

More is not necessarily better when it comes to preventive maintenance. In order to strike the perfect balance, you have to find the right amount of maintenance as well as what tools best accomplish the job.

3. Four best practices in spare parts management

A comprehensive spare parts management policy should include identifying critical motors, comparing carry costs to downtime, and maintaining spare parts on hand.

4. Five why "nots": Using more than the "5 whys" method for root cause analysis

Using 5 Whys alone may leave engineers with an incomplete root cause picture, which is why other methods should be considered to help solve the problems and keep them from recurring.

5. Four ways to manage a compressed air system’s efficiency

There are many factors effecting the bottom line of your facility. A leak or inefficiency in a compressed air system may spell much higher costs. Follow these tips to ensure your compressed air system is running efficiently.

This list was developed using CFE Media’s web analytics for stories viewed on www.plantengineering.com, October 30-November 5, for articles published within the last two months.

Sierra Grayson, Production Coordinator, CFE Media, sgrayson@cfemedia.com.