With many updated control and asset management systems, intelligent device diagnostic information is accessible and available for immediate use. For those that don’t, there are many different cost-effective products that make access to intelligent device information possible. This diagnostic information enables you to change your maintenance activities from reactive — work on what’s broken — to more proactive or even predictive activities, such as fixing small problems before they turn into bigger problems.
Imagine the benefits of using real-time device diagnostics to reduce the number of trips to the field, prevent an unscheduled shutdown or reduce the length of a scheduled shutdown. Whether you are part of the reliability, maintenance, process improvement, management or other plant function, putting this valuable information to work can produce big results with relatively small investments and low-risk.