The next stage of industrial production becomes a reality. The maintenance of machines and systems will change, the whole world of production will change.

After the introduction of mechanical production facilities, the electrification of industry and the automation of production processes, the fourth industrial revolution is already beginning to emerge. And the term „industry 4.0“ introduced for this purpose points the way to networked systems: previous production companies are used for the complete production which is completely networked with customers and suppliers. Information and automation technology become intelligent and make processes transparent and predictable. New tasks will be added to the existing ones.

In order to implement Industry 4.0 in the maintenance industry, three aspects have to be implemented: an indirect integration across company boundaries with suppliers, manufacturers and customers, direct integration with networked production systems and smart maintenance as well as the correct evaluation and documentation of all data during the entire product Machine life cycle. In order to ensure this, IT platforms are needed which can combine and process all data. A system that is easy and safe to use and manage.

Today there is hardly any technical system that can not be operated by a PC. Considering the wide variety of manufacturing systems and technologies used in industrial companies, the role of PC technology becomes very clear. The data is to be used and protected correctly.

The main advantages of Predictive Maintenance from the point of view of maintenance and production are a targeted production planning, a stable utilization of the machines and the avoidance of unscheduled machine failures – reasons which help to make more and more manufacturing companies use a predictive maintenance by means of real-time data to have. The manufacturers of machines and systems are also planning a massive expansion of their range of Predictive Maintenance solutions. The VDI therefore expects a dynamic market environment in the area of ​​maintenance 4.0 within the framework of industry 4.0.

Good organization and standardized procedures make it easier for maintenance and production to react to faults and failures and take appropriate measures. By means of new sensor technology, machine states are precisely monitored. Deviations from setpoints cause the system to automatically report to the maintenance department. The correct analysis of the obtained data and by
The consistent maintenance documentation is capable of finding weaknesses and permanently eliminating them.
Standardized error messages and disturbance detection provide for „foreseeable“ disturbances and lead to an analysis for the reduction of disturbances and a stable utilization of machines and plants. And this was also possible before the age of industry 4.0. One promises of the new technology very much and yet it is the man who closes the circle.

The basis of maintenance is just as much the toolbox of maintenance as the new technologies with intelligent sensors and systems, the PC and the programming. The balancing act has to be as simple and efficient as possible for all parties involved. The training has to adapt to the new techniques and the employees are becoming increasingly flexible.