As organizations face a variety of environmental concerns on a daily basis, many are beginning to take the necessary steps to improve their carbon footprint. Organizations can embark on their sustainable maintenance journey by reducing the amount of unnecessary service being performed. By streamlining asset maintenance schedules, maximizing their longevity, and keeping them running to specification, companies can achieve energy optimization and reduction, waste reduction, and greater material efficiencies.
Sustainable maintenance is an excellent way to simultaneously reduce your organization’s carbon footprint and cut costs. By reducing truck rolls, extending the healthy, usable lifetime of assets, and optimizing asset performance, you can significantly minimize your carbon emissions all while streamlining service operations and reducing unnecessary spending. In addition, your sustainable maintenance efforts will support larger corporate goals around sustainability and environmental impact, including:
Maintenance is one of the most effective routes toward meeting corporate sustainability goals, which in turn are important for any number of reasons. These can contribute to brand reputation, commitments that that organization has voluntarily made to be a leader in their space, or meeting any number of regulatory compliance requirements—depending on the geography where the company is headquartered and where the point of service is being administered.
One of the best approaches to sustainable maintenance is built on using real-time data about the equipment and assets you’re supporting. A smart, connected product strategy can help you harness that data and ramp up your sustainable maintenance and service initiatives. This process of digital transformation roughly follows key steps to ensure that service organizations are truly data-driven:
Using the IoT to implement a smart, connected approach to sustainable maintenance and service can be implemented quickly, and in stages to ensure rapid value. As these capabilities come online, they are fundamental to unlocking several service use cases that support improved sustainability, while reducing service costs.
Technician dispatches can have a hefty impact on the environment. By implementing a smart, connected product strategy, field service teams can reduce truck rolls, thereby significantly minimizing their carbon footprint related to travel.
Technicians can eliminate the need for some truck rolls by repairing issues remotely.
The use of engaging augmented reality (AR) work instructions and remote assistance capabilities can enable customers to perform more complex maintenance tasks, eliminating the need for an on-site visit by a technician.
With remote diagnostic capabilities better informing call planning, service teams can more reliably repair equipment in a single visit by arriving equipped with the right tools, parts, and support.
With the ability to detect maintenance needs and potential problems well in advance, service providers can either assist the customer in changing usage to avoid those issues, or schedule maintenance to be deployed in a more efficient manner (e.g., scheduling maintenance to coincide with other service activities.)
By using the right system to plan spare parts inventories, service teams can place materials in optimal amounts and locations that minimize distribution and logistics costs, including emergency courier shipments.
Service teams can utilize predictive service and condition-based monitoring capabilities to extend asset lifetimes, minimizing the production of new assets and disposal of old ones.
Condition-based monitoring and service enable field service teams to keep customer assets performing to specification. This helps minimize scrap, asset disposal, duplicate production, and all the associated consumption of energy and plant services.
A connected service program allows field service teams to support an ongoing subscription business by combining advanced service capabilities with extended asset lifetimes, as well as programmatic disposal services that further minimize the asset’s overall environmental impact.
Bell and Howell remotely resolves over 71% of its service calls and service technicians have achieved a FTFR of 92%. Further, it has seen a 30% reduction in maintenance frequency and duration.
Within the first year of implementation, Elekta carried out over 600 preventative actions and today over 20% of service issues are resolved remotely without dispatching a technician.
As companies realize an increasing responsibility when it comes to sustainability, they will take heightened measures to reduce their negative impact on the environment. As mindsets continue to shift, organizations of all types will realize that they too can turn over a new leaf – and that small improvements add up over time to make a big impact. Further, when they realize that taking the greener approach often comes with greater efficiency and cost savings as well, the practice of sustainable maintenance will be a no-brainer. These goals will only continue to take on importance, as environmental and sustainability requirements become more comprehensive, and carry heavier penalties for those who fail to meet them. Putting a strategy and technologies in place that can grow along with your strategy will ensure that your organization can view sustainable maintenance as a competitive advantage—while laggards will struggle to keep pace in a greener future.
While a first-time fix is usually the goal for field service, ineffective issue diagnostics often get in the way. The IoT can help you proactively resolve service issues before they require a truck roll or result in downtime.