Predictive Maintenance

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What is predictive maintenance?

Predictive Maintenance, in a nutshell, is all about figuring out when an asset should be maintained, and what specific maintenance activities need to be performed, based on an asset’s actual condition or state, rather than on a fixed schedule, so that you can maximize uptime and productivity. It is all about predicting & preventing failures and performing the right maintenance routines in order to reduce costly equipment downtimes.

With IoT and sensor data streaming from equipment, predictive maintenance enables Manufacturers to effectively predict machine outages. The data detects variances, understands warning signals, and identifies any patterns that may indicate a potential breakdown. Manufacturers can use analytics and machine learning to accurately predict the odds of a machine going down. This enables early and corrective measures to be planned (i.e., spare parts ordering, repair scheduling, etc.) and introduced in the most effective way, thereby avoiding unplanned downtime and costly staff and resources.

Why is predictive maintenance important?

Using IoT and data analytics to predict and prevent breakdowns can reduce overall downtime by 50%. (McKinsey)

What are Databricks’ differentiated capabilities?

  • Databricks’ Lakehouse uses technologies that include Delta, Delta Live Tables, Autoloader and Photon to enable customers to make data available for real-time decisions.
  • Lakehouse for MFG supports the largest data jobs at near real-time intervals. For example, customers are bringing nearly 400 million events per day from transactional log systems at 15-second intervals. Because of the disruption to reporting and analysis that occurs during data processing, most retail customers load data to their data warehouse during a nightly batch. Some companies are even loading data weekly or monthly.
  • A Lakehouse event-driven architecture provides a simpler method of ingesting and processing batch and streaming data than legacy approaches, such as lambda architectures. This architecture handles the change data capture and provides ACID compliance to transactions.
  • Delta Live Tables simplifies the creation of data pipelines and automatically builds in lineage to assist with ongoing management.
  • The Lakehouse allows for real-time stream ingestion of data and analytics on streaming data. Data warehouses require the extraction, transformation, loading, and additional extraction from the data warehouse to perform any analytics.
  • Photon provides record-setting query performance, enabling users to query even the largest of data sets to power real-time decisions in BI tools.

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