Maintenance Strategies for Avoiding Unplanned Downtime

Three best practices to make plant operations more efficient amid ongoing supply chain volatility.

In the face of continued global supply chain instability, the last thing your plant needs is downtime. According to a widely cited industry figure from Deloitte, in their report on smart factories, even during the best of times – before COVID caused disruption – unplanned downtime costs industrial manufacturers an estimated $50 billion annually.

Safeguarding operational efficiency from unintended downtime can be achieved by employing predictive maintenance techniques and technologies. Woven into critical processes across the plant floor, a predictive maintenance effort provides organizations with meaningful intelligence about the condition of equipment in real-time, allowing them to get ahead of potential problems before they become widespread issues. This approach dovetails with a broader preventative maintenance strategy which includes pre-planned, scheduled reviews (collected manually) of equipment conditions and overall operations. Together they can help ensure plant operations are running efficiently and avoid any unexpected lulls. 

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This article was originally published in November 2022 by Reprinted with permission of the publisher.

Scott Dowell


Scott Dowell, Senior Vice President and General Manager of the U.S. Industrial and CIG business, Wesco
Scott Dowell is Senior Vice President and General Manager of the U.S. Industrial and CIG business for Wesco. In his current role, Scott is responsible for leading the strategy, execution and growth of our industrial, automation, institutional and government end users across the U.S. Scott has over 25 years of experience in distribution and joined Wesco in 2007 to lead a strategic accounts team within the utility business. Since joining the company, he has held multiple sales and leadership roles, most recently leading Global Accounts for legacy Wesco before the acquisition of Anixter.

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