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Maintenance Connection logo
 
A powerful web-based system, Maintenance Connection features multi-site asset tracking, contract and project management and preventative maintenance. Scaleable and seamlessly integrates with other software.
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A powerful web-based system, Maintenance Connection features multi-site asset tracking, contract and project management and preventative maintenance. Scaleable and seamlessly integrates with other software.
 
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eMaint X3 is an affordable, flexible and user-friendly management system that offers asset and inventory control, condition monitoring and scheduling tools. Mobile-friendly, it features customizable reporting and dashboard tools.
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eMaint X3 is an affordable, flexible and user-friendly management system that offers asset and inventory control, condition monitoring and scheduling tools. Mobile-friendly, it features customizable reporting and dashboard tools.
 
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FTMaintenance, by FasTrak, is a maintenance management software platform that automates daily tasks related to work orders, asset and equipment management, MRO inventory, preventive maintenance and predictive maintenance. Mobile capability... Read More
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FTMaintenance, by FasTrak, is a maintenance management software platform that automates daily tasks related to work orders, asset and equipment management, MRO inventory, preventive maintenance and predictive maintenance. Mobile capability... Read More
 
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Whether you’re a small maintenance shop or large organization, MPulse has the CMMS system to fit your needs. Choose from four customizable software editions that feature work order management, tracking, scheduling and reporting.
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Whether you’re a small maintenance shop or large organization, MPulse has the CMMS system to fit your needs. Choose from four customizable software editions that feature work order management, tracking, scheduling and reporting.
 
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DirectLine by Megamation is a cloud-based maintenance management software that serves the maintenance scheduling and compliance reporting needs of education, manufacturing, healthcare and beverage industry. Available on a monthly subscription,... Read More
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DirectLine by Megamation is a cloud-based maintenance management software that serves the maintenance scheduling and compliance reporting needs of education, manufacturing, healthcare and beverage industry. Available on a monthly subscription,... Read More

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TabWare by AssetPoint logo
 
TabWare is a full-featured CMMS/EAM solution made exclusively for maintenance managers.The solution contains advanced analytics that make use of the data created stored during day-to-day operations so that companies can gain full visibility... Read More
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TabWare is a full-featured CMMS/EAM solution made exclusively for maintenance managers.The solution contains advanced analytics that make use of the data created stored during day-to-day operations so that companies can gain full visibility... Read More
 
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Dude Solutions provides a suite of cloud-based maintenance management applications that provides businesses with centralized requests, automated maintenance workflows and reporting. Asset Essentials is suitable for manufacturers,... Read More
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Dude Solutions provides a suite of cloud-based maintenance management applications that provides businesses with centralized requests, automated maintenance workflows and reporting. Asset Essentials is suitable for manufacturers,... Read More
 
Agility by SoftSols Group logo
 
Agility, created by SoftSols Group, is a CMMS/CAFM system for maintenance and facility managers to use on-site and in the field. The solution offers a full suite of applications, including asset management, reactive and preventive... Read More
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Agility, created by SoftSols Group, is a CMMS/CAFM system for maintenance and facility managers to use on-site and in the field. The solution offers a full suite of applications, including asset management, reactive and preventive... Read More
 
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An easy-to-use CMMS system, MicroMain helps businesses simplify and streamline every step of their maintenance operations. Features preventative maintenance, purchase order automation and supplier and vendor tracking.
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An easy-to-use CMMS system, MicroMain helps businesses simplify and streamline every step of their maintenance operations. Features preventative maintenance, purchase order automation and supplier and vendor tracking.
 
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Maximo Asset Management by IBM combines asset management with maintenance management. From a single system, companies can monitor and manage the full life cycle of their enterprise assets, including facilities, communications, transportation,... Read More
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Maximo Asset Management by IBM combines asset management with maintenance management. From a single system, companies can monitor and manage the full life cycle of their enterprise assets, including facilities, communications, transportation,... Read More

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Designed specifically for to-order manufacturers and asset-intensive companies around the globe, IFS Applications is relied upon by its large global customer base by supporting intricate order-driven and mixed-mode manufacturing requirements... Read More
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Designed specifically for to-order manufacturers and asset-intensive companies around the globe, IFS Applications is relied upon by its large global customer base by supporting intricate order-driven and mixed-mode manufacturing requirements... Read More
 
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ManagerPlus is a CMMS solution that helps growing organizations manage their assets, maintenance, inventory, and purchasing. ManagerPlus is fit for asset-intensive industries like agriculture, construction, transportation, manufacturing,... Read More
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ManagerPlus is a CMMS solution that helps growing organizations manage their assets, maintenance, inventory, and purchasing. ManagerPlus is fit for asset-intensive industries like agriculture, construction, transportation, manufacturing,... Read More
 
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Offering visibility over every facet of asset, maintenance and preventative maintenance, Sprocket v3.5 has especially strong mobile capabilities and an extremely user-friendly interface.
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Offering visibility over every facet of asset, maintenance and preventative maintenance, Sprocket v3.5 has especially strong mobile capabilities and an extremely user-friendly interface.
 
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MAINTIMIZER from Ashcom Technologies is a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) with integrated enterprise asset management (EAM) solution capabilities. The solution comes in three different variants based on their deployment... Read More
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MAINTIMIZER from Ashcom Technologies is a computerized maintenance management system (CMMS) with integrated enterprise asset management (EAM) solution capabilities. The solution comes in three different variants based on their deployment... Read More
 
MaintenanceEdge by Dude Solutions logo
 
Dude Solutions™ provides a suite of web-based maintenance management applications that help streamline maintenance operations with centralized requests, automated maintenance workflow, and simple reporting. MaintenanceEdge™ includes... Read More
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Dude Solutions™ provides a suite of web-based maintenance management applications that help streamline maintenance operations with centralized requests, automated maintenance workflow, and simple reporting. MaintenanceEdge™ includes... Read More

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BuildSourced Asset Management is a cloud-based maintenance management platform designed for midsize companies in a variety of industries including construction, agriculture and engineering. It offers solutions in asset organization,... Read More
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BuildSourced Asset Management is a cloud-based maintenance management platform designed for midsize companies in a variety of industries including construction, agriculture and engineering. It offers solutions in asset organization,... Read More
 
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MEX Maintenance Software is a maintenance management system for small to mid-sized businesses that offer a suite of applications including asset management, work order management, predictive and preventive maintenance and inventory... Read More
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MEX Maintenance Software is a maintenance management system for small to mid-sized businesses that offer a suite of applications including asset management, work order management, predictive and preventive maintenance and inventory... Read More
 
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AwareManager is maintenance and facilities management software that combines assessment analysis, consulting, training, operational integration, support, and more. The software also maintains risk ledgers, manages insurance certificates,... Read More
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AwareManager is maintenance and facilities management software that combines assessment analysis, consulting, training, operational integration, support, and more. The software also maintains risk ledgers, manages insurance certificates,... Read More
 
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Officetrax is a cloud-based solution that helps users handle facilities management tasks like creating custom reports, finding new service providers, keeping up with preventive and on-demand maintenance and repairs, tracking work orders... Read More
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Officetrax is a cloud-based solution that helps users handle facilities management tasks like creating custom reports, finding new service providers, keeping up with preventive and on-demand maintenance and repairs, tracking work orders... Read More
 
MaintenanceEdge by Dude Solutions logo
 
Dude Solutions provides a suite of web-based maintenance management applications that help businesses to streamline maintenance operations with centralized requests, automated maintenance workflow, and simple reporting. MaintenanceEdge... Read More
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Dude Solutions provides a suite of web-based maintenance management applications that help businesses to streamline maintenance operations with centralized requests, automated maintenance workflow, and simple reporting. MaintenanceEdge... Read More

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Buyer's Guide

by Taylor Short,
Market Research Associate
Last Updated: July 21, 2017


Predictive maintenance (PdM) is the process of using asset operating conditions to predict when and how a failure will occur. This typically requires the use of software, which uses asset condition data (gathered through hardware) to create graphs and reports that managers can use to make informed decisions.

This guide will help prospective buyers of predictive maintenance software determine the right solution for their business. We’ll go over:

What Is Predictive Maintenance Software?
Common Functionality of Predictive Maintenance Software
Benefits of Predictive Maintenance Software
Important Considerations

What Is Predictive Maintenance Software?

“Predictive maintenance” is a term easiest to describe in relation to preventive maintenance methods. With preventive maintenance, work is performed based on a schedule, which is usually created using historical knowledge of how—and how often—a particular asset breaks down. According to a 2015 study by Plant Engineering Magazine, preventive maintenance methods are used by 85 percent of maintenance professionals surveyed.

But predictive maintenance goes a step beyond prevention: Using meters or sensors to track asset performance, managers can perform spot checks or stream real-time data into a computerized maintenance management software system. Service and repairs are only performed when the machinery shows signs of potential failure.

Essentially, where preventive maintenance uses educated guesses to plan maintenance schedules, predictive maintenance employs true asset conditions—in real time—to give managers the most accurate data possible for making decisions. Specialized software is used to deliver this data in an easily digestible format.

Common Functionality of Predictive Maintenance Software

Most predictive maintenance software systems will come with some or all of the following functionality:

Ability to stream sensor data. The core promise of predictive maintenance—using live data to make informed decisions—can be achieved through occasional spot readings. However, streaming data directly into the system saves time for technicians and increases the quality of data.

Notifications and work order triggers. Predictive maintenance systems offer the ability to set parameters around asset conditions: For example, when vibration readings on a rotating piece of equipment increase beyond a user-defined range, the software can notify workers and even generate a work order to check out that asset before it fails. Some systems also allow users to define parameters based on runtime hours, temperature readings and number of units produced.

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User-defined parameters that trigger notifications in Bigfoot CMMS

Reporting and data graphing. PdM systems can present streaming data in a graphical format, as well as generate reports based on the data to help identify trends or potential problems with assets.

condition-monitoring data analysis in eMaint

A condition-monitoring data analysis screen from eMaint X3

Benefits of Predictive Maintenance Software

Using predictive maintenance software, companies can experience several operational efficiency benefits, including:

Reducing costly machine downtime Using real-time data, maintenance workers can address potential problems before they occur. Thus, the most obvious benefit of PdM is keeping assets running longer and decreasing machine downtime.
Reducing equipment and labor costs Since machines are running longer, costs for both repair parts and the labor required to install them are reduced. The cost of replacing a machine can also be significantly postponed.
Increasing production and profits. As a result of the previous benefits, money is saved and production can increase, contributing to increased profits.

Important Considerations

If a company decides to implement predictive maintenance technologies, there are some hardware costs associated. A wide range of companies offer this hardware, which ranges from hand-held tools to asset-mountable sensors. Some companies offer both PdM software and the associated hardware, but more often, they are sold separately.

Costs vary, but companies don’t typically need the full array of available tools to monitor the machines they maintain. And most PdM systems are able to receive all types of condition monitoring data.

Maintenance managers can determine the types of hardware tools they need based on the equipment they maintain. Here are some common methods of monitoring assets:

  • Vibration: Involves monitoring the quality of rotation in a machine, and identifying vibrations that indicate whether rotating parts are operating outside normal conditions. Both handheld and mountable devices are available to track this.
  • Thermography: Involves monitoring the heat signatures of equipment through thermal imaging that would be undetectable to the naked eye. Handheld thermal imaging cameras can reveal overheated components of a machine, prompting either a part replacement or an investigation into the source of the problem before it causes the entire asset to fail.
  • Oil analysis: Involves testing lubrication samples for particulates, such as metal particles or other contaminates, that could indicate grinding of parts. Some machines have oil testing “ports” that allow spot-testing of lubrication while running; companies can have samples tested through a third-party lab or through their oil provider. Another option is purchasing the equipment to perform oil analysis in-house.
  • Ultrasonic: Involves detecting high-frequency sounds that indicate wear of components or leaks in machinery with spinning parts or high-pressure liquids or gases. Ultrasound detection devices are available in handheld or mountable versions.

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