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Paul Dufresne
Paul Dufresne | Author, Reliability Playbook

The definition of Predictive maintenance (PdM) is techniques that are designed to help determine the condition of in-service equipment in order to predict when maintenance should be performed. This approach promises cost savings over routine or time-based preventive maintenance because tasks are performed only when warranted.

With that said, implementing some simple training with basic reliability tools you can outfit your plant personnel is it that an operator or craftsmen and they can, in turn, find the issues that lead to the majority of unplanned events. Outfitted with a vibration pen, temperature gun (pyrometer), and ultrasonic leak detection, etc. equipment they can find the early defects and take corrective action long before the issue becomes a more serious problem.

Using these simple tools does not replace your more complex reliability tools, however, they can compliment your condition monitoring program and provide early warning detection of an impending issue.

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Paul Dufresne
Paul Dufresne Author, Reliability Playbook

Paul Dufresne started Reliability Playbook in 2017 which is a service provider offering expertise to companies in nearly every industry. Primary offerings include maintenance and reliability best practices; lubrication program development; predictive maintenance program development; and support for MAINTelligence and Lube-It software. Specific services include audits/assessments; training and certification; troubleshooting; root cause failure analysis; program optimization; database construction; route configuration; PM optimization; field walk downs; and coaching and mentoring of technicians.