When considering the ways in which manufacturers maintain their equipment, two primary maintenance strategies typically emerge as the most viable approaches: preventive maintenance and predictive maintenance. Preventive maintenance — often also referred to as scheduled maintenance — is the practice of conducting regular inspections, tests, and replacement on equipment, parts, and components, based on a predefined timetable. This schedule may be dictated by equipment and part OEMs, or it may be developed by the facility itself. In a preventive maintenance framework, the intent is to adhere to prescribed maintenance and replacement intervals in order to keep equipment in good working order and up to spec. The alternative to this strategy, known as predictive maintenance, is one that’s technologically driven. Through the use of smart low-or-no maintenance components, manufacturing equipment is capable of communicating through output data when it requires maintenance. These technologies allow organizations to rely more on prevention and thus less maintenance in the long-run. For more information on the ways in which these low-or-no-maintenance alternatives are impacting the manufacturing industry, continue reading on to the infographic accompanying this post.