The ever-increasing demand for more infrastructure, goods, food, basically anything that consumers around the world require, is driven largely but a growing global population coupled with rapidly advancing technologies. This, in turn, puts mounting pressure on mines and industrial plants to produce more, faster and cheaper. High machine availability and worker productivity are key to achieving maximum production and overall plant efficiency. Operators are subsequently demanding more from their equipment in terms of performance, reliability and efficiency while at the same time employing safety and environmental best practices.
With downtime simply not an option, machines and equipment are expected to run ultra-reliably for longer hours. Given that they typically operate in extremely harsh environments, monitoring the health of these machines and maintaining them regularly are fundamental to optimizing their performance for a more efficient and productive plant operation. Manual monitoring by technicians walking around with portable devices and doing equipment maintenance more often with fewer resources can be challenging. Added to this, tough conditions often hamper maintenance work and can also compromise worker safety.