The basics of support and maintenance for industrial automation

March 6, 2023



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The basics of support and maintenance for industrial automation

Support and maintenance for industrial automation systems is crucial to ensuring the smooth and efficient operation of manufacturing processes. In this blog post, we will explore the importance of support and maintenance for industrial automation systems, the different types of support and maintenance services available, and some best practices for maintaining these systems.

First, it is important to understand the role that industrial automation systems play in manufacturing processes. These systems are designed to automate various tasks within a factory or production facility, such as assembly, material handling, and quality control. Automation allows for increased efficiency, productivity, and precision in the manufacturing process.

However, like any machine or system, industrial automation systems can with time breakdown or malfunction. This can lead to costly downtime and delays in manufacturing production, which significantly impact the bottom line of a business. This is where support and maintenance come into play.

There are several types of support and maintenance services available for industrial automation systems, including:

  1. Preventive maintenance involves regularly scheduled inspections and maintenance tasks to prevent problems from occurring. This can include things like cleaning and lubricating equipment, checking and replacing worn parts, and testing systems to ensure optimal performance.
  2. Corrective maintenance is performed in response to a problem or malfunction that has already occurred resulting in reduced yield. This can include troubleshooting and repairing equipment, as well as identifying and correcting the root cause of the problem.
  3. Emergency maintenance is performed on an as-needed basis to address unexpected breakdowns or malfunctions. This can include redefining proper control parameters or repairing equipment to get systems back up and running as quickly as possible.
  4. Predictive maintenance involves using sensors and other technologies to monitor the performance and condition of equipment in real-time. This allows for early detection of potential problems, allowing for proactive maintenance to be performed before a breakdown occurs.

There are several best practices that companies can follow to ensure their industrial automation systems are well-maintained and operating at their best. These include:

  1. Developing a maintenance plan: A well-defined maintenance plan can help ensure that all necessary tasks are performed on a regular basis and that equipment is properly cared for. This can include both preventive and predictive maintenance tasks, as well as plans for handling unexpected breakdowns.
  2. Providing training for maintenance personnel: It is important to ensure that those responsible for maintaining industrial automation systems are properly trained and knowledgeable about the equipment they are working on. This can include training on how to identify and troubleshoot problems, as well as how to properly maintain and repair equipment.
  3. Using high-quality parts and components: Using lower-quality parts and components can lead to frequent breakdowns and costly repairs. It is important to invest in high-quality parts and components to ensure the long-term reliability of industrial automation systems.
  4. Regularly inspecting and testing equipment: Regular inspections and testing can help identify potential problems before they become major issues. This can include things like checking for wear and tear, testing systems to ensure they are operating correctly, and performing preventative maintenance tasks.

In conclusion, support and maintenance for industrial automation systems is essential to ensuring the smooth and efficient operation of manufacturing processes. At Launchpad, we offer comprehensive support and maintenance plans with all automation systems we deploy. Make sure to check out our Digitool solution here and reach out for any additional information.

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