Especially the food industry, chemical industry, wood panel industry and many other heavy industry producers face ever more complex manufacturing demands and product variants, and shorter timescales; this creates huge pressure to reduce transaction costs. Maintenance staff are too few and always under time pressure – yet many tasks are still organized as paper-based rather than automated and digitized to also allow processes like mobile reporting and documentation of completed tasks. Manual systems are time-consuming and prone to errors; they can cause unplanned downtime, and lack transparency. It is difficult to find information when needed, share information with colleagues, or to spot hidden trends behind apparently unrelated events. In this situation, synergy effects often stay undetected as well.
Staff in such an environment would benefit greatly from a one stop solution: a single online services platform with transparent access to all relevant information, and expert help on all lubrication-related topics available. Regulatory compliance and audit success would also be easier to achieve.