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8.9.- INSTALLATIONS AND MAINTENANCE
The needs of today's society are a challenge for any industry, since they have to be in continuous evolution and renewal to adapt to those needs.View more
In recent years, as a result of the new industrial revolution or ",Industry 4.0",, the emergence of the ",Industrial Internet of Things", (IIoT) and the ",Smart Factories",, that adaptation is possible thanks to the application of the most sophisticated techniques in the design of new facilities or in the renovation of existing ones.
In spite of all these technological advances and the exhaustive controls carried out, it should not be forgotten that there will be problems because of erosion, corrosion, cavitation or poor lubrication in every hydraulic productive process. For that reason, the useful life of those facilities is limited. To avoid catastrophic failures, stoppages in production or any type of process that implies an increase of non-productive times and, therefore, an increase of costs, it is extremely important to carry out a good maintenance of the installation components, as for example valves, pumps and pipes.
Traditionally, only two types of maintenance were considered:
- Corrective: the fault is solved once it has already occurred.
- Preventive: periodic review of all those problematic elements and their replacement if required.
These types of maintenance involve very high and unnecessary costs in most cases. Nowadays, thanks to the available technology, it is possible to carry out predictive maintenance consisting of a comprehensive analysis of all those variables that take part in all the components of a system and be able to replace them at the right time.
Some precautions must be taken in hydraulic facilities, for example draining the systems, replacing the hydraulic filters that remove contaminants in the pipelines, controlling the level of liquids, repairing leaks, etc. But, if more control is preferred, there is another type of maintenance, known as proactive maintenance. It goes one step further than the predictive maintenance, looking for the root of the problem.View Products