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Developing an Algorithm for Preventive Maintenance

by Clean India Journal Editor
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Traditionally, facility maintenance has been a reactive rather than a preventive approach, where measures were taken following an equipment failure or any other malfunction. Consequently, such methods have often led to unexpected downtime, increased operational costs and inefficient resource allocation. Laying emphasis on being prepared well in advance, facility management companies like FFS and SILA believe in predictive, preventive, planned and proactive maintenance.

Integrating Predictive Maintenance in FM

The hard services in IFM, consisting of mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and structural components, form the backbone of a facility’s infrastructure, playing a critical role in ensuring its smooth and efficient operation. However, breakdowns and inefficiencies within these systems can lead to costly disruptions, affecting productivity and occupant comfort. To counteract these challenges, the integration of predictive maintenance is essential in the facility management landscape, says Aniket Sheth, Senior Vice President, SILA.

Predictive maintenance involves the use of data, analytics, and machine learning algorithms to foresee potential equipment failures. When applied to hard services within facility operations, this approach transforms the way maintenance tasks are planned, executed and managed. Here is how we approach and strategize operations:

We collect the historical and real-time data from sensors and IoT devices. With this, the predictive maintenance models can forecast the lifespan and potential failure points of critical equipment. This allows us to schedule timely maintenance, preventing unexpected breakdowns and ensuring the continuous functionality of systems.

In terms of cost efficiency, we have optimized our budgets by targeting maintenance efforts precisely where needed, reducing unnecessary expenditures on premature replacements or emergency fixes.

In order to increase operational efficiency, predictive maintenance should enable teams to focus efforts on critical systems that require immediate attention. This, in turn, will maximize uptime, minimize disruptions, and improve overall operational efficiency at clients’ facilities.

Unforeseen equipment failures could pose safety hazards to occupants and the facility itself. Identifying potential risks and taking proactive measures will help mitigate these dangers and ensure a safer working environment.

We ensure well-maintained HVAC systems provide optimal indoor temperatures and air quality, while robust electrical and plumbing systems ensure safety and convenience.

Effective maintenance of hard services preserves the facility’s assets and infrastructure, prolonging their lifespan and protecting their value. Our dedicated team is responsible for regular upkeep which reduces the need for costly repairs or premature replacements.

Implementing Predictive Maintenance in Hard Services

1. Sensor Technology and IoT Integration: Installing sensors on critical equipment enables real-time data collection regarding temperature, pressure, vibration, and other performance metrics. IoT integration allows for seamless data transmission to centralized systems for our analysis.

2. Data Analytics and Machine Learning: Advanced analytics and machine learning algorithms process the collected data to identify patterns, anomalies, and potential failure indicators. This analysis forms the basis for our predictive maintenance models.

3. CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management System): Integrating predictive maintenance data into existing CMMS platforms helps in scheduling and prioritizing maintenance tasks efficiently. It ensures that the right tasks are executed at the right time, optimizing resource allocation.

4. Collaboration and Reporting: Predictive maintenance fosters collaboration between maintenance teams, facility managers, and data analysts. Comprehensive reports generated from predictive models helps us in decision-making, resource planning, and budget allocation.

5. Efficient Resource Allocation: Integrated Facility Management involves optimizing resource allocation. We ensure efficient operations by properly aligning manpower, materials, and schedules when managing hard services.

Challenges and Future Trends

Looking ahead, emerging technologies like augmented reality (AR), digital twins and further advancements in AI and machine learning will likely refine predictive maintenance capabilities. AR can facilitate hands-on guidance for maintenance tasks, while digital twins-a virtual replica of physical assets-can simulate and predict performance accurately. However, challenges like rapidly evolving technology, skill gaps, and the need for substantial initial investments may pose hurdles in adopting these advancements. Addressing these challenges will be crucial for harnessing the full potential of integrated facility management.

The synergy between data analytics, IoT devices, and predictive algorithms empowers facility managers to make informed decisions, optimize resources, ensure safety, and enhance overall operational efficiency. As technology continues to evolve, the integration of predictive maintenance will undoubtedly play a pivotal role in reshaping the future of facility management practices.

Precision through Proactive Maintenance

The vital aspect of soft services require a “human-centric and supportive approach round the year”, says Vasanth Kumar Rangaraj, Business Head (Zone II) – FFS, which specializes in delivering Integrated Facility Management solutions. “These are essential in creating a secure, pleasant, and efficient environment.”

Soft services include a diverse range of offerings, such as housekeeping, landscaping, pest control, façade cleaning, and more. As a leading IFM service provider, we understand the critical role a service provider performance plays in optimizing clients’ business operations. To ensure efficiency, we need to prioritize a proactive approach in our services, anticipating needs rather than merely reacting to situations as they arise.

Here are a few areas that need to utmost attention to integrate predictive maintenance for soft services into the facility operations

Mechanized Housekeeping

The mechanized cleaning services contribute to the safety, hygiene, and overall experience of occupants within industrial, commercial and institutional facilities. The efficacy and efficiency of these services rely on the quality and condition of the equipment utilized. Continuous monitoring of equipment, aids in detecting early warning signs of malfunction or deterioration. For instance, sensors in cleaning machines can monitor vibration levels or temperature fluctuations, providing insights into equipment health. Such information helps in predicting maintenance needs, reducing unexpected breakdowns, and optimizing equipment performance.

Maintained equipment helps achieve desired cleaning standards whether it is with vacuum cleaners, floor scrubbers, pressure washers, or other specialized tools. This results in more effective removal of dirt, dust, pathogens, and other contaminants, ultimately leading to a cleaner and healthier environment for our clients. It also minimizes unexpected downtime, as routine inspections, servicing and repairs help prevent sudden failures. This directly contributes to operational efficiency by enabling the cleaning teams to adhere to customized schedules and swiftly address cleaning requirements without interruptions.

Extended Equipment Lifespan: Routine maintenance and timely repairs extend the lifespan of cleaning equipment. Regular servicing not only prevents major breakdowns but also addresses minor issues before they escalate. Maintaining cleaning equipment is a cost-effective strategy in the long run. While initial maintenance expenses may seem like an additional investment, they are substantially lower than the costs associated with emergency repairs or premature replacements due to negligence. This also results in less energy and resources, further contributing to cost savings in the operational budget.

Horticulture & Landscaping

Within the expansive domain of facility management, the provision of horticulture and landscaping services stands as a pivotal component contributing to the aesthetics, functionality, and overall appeal of spaces. The effectiveness and success of these services depend significantly upon the quality and condition of the equipment utilized.

Tools such as lawnmowers, trimmers, hedge clippers and irrigation systems must operate at peak performance to deliver precise and efficient landscape maintenance resulting in well-manicured lawns, pruned foliage and healthy plant life. Routine maintenance and timely repairs significantly extend the lifespan of landscaping equipment and also influence operational efficiency, cost-effectiveness and client satisfaction.

PEST Control

Pests can cause substantial damage to equipment and building infrastructure. Rodents, insects, and other pests can nest in electrical panels, chew through wires, and damage insulation, leading to potential equipment failures and safety hazards.

By integrating pest control into predictive maintenance strategies, facility managers can apply predictive analytics to pest control data that can indicate areas susceptible to infestations based on historical trends or environmental factors. This proactive approach allows for preventive measures to safeguard equipment and infrastructure from pest-related damages, thus minimizing the risk of unexpected breakdowns.

Façade Cleaning

A building’s facade is constantly exposed to environmental elements, pollutants and weathering. Over time, dirt, grime and pollutants can accumulate, leading to the deterioration of the building materials. Regular facade cleaning allows the maintenance team to closely inspect the building’s exterior and helps prevent corrosion, degradation, and structural damage, preserving the integrity of the building. This provides an opportunity for our client to detect early signs of damage, such as cracks, corrosion, or material wear and tear.

Integrating facade cleaning into predictive maintenance strategies is a forward-thinking approach that contributes significantly to the overall efficiency and longevity of facility structures, ensuring they remain safe, attractive, and well-maintained for years to come.

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