The Maintainer of the Future
How the evolution of technology and asset management will change the training and role of the modern maintainer
In the last two decades, we have seen significant changes in how assets are operated due to advances in process control, remote operations systems, and the development of autonomous assets. In contrast, the nature of maintainers’ day‐to‐day work has changed very little. Engines still need lubricating, motors wired up, pipes welded and sensing systems repaired. However, we may be at a tipping point as a combination of business drivers (cost, productivity, safety) and technical developments (automation, augmented reality, real‐time diagnostics) combine to change the nature of maintenance work. This paper examines these drivers and looks at how these might influence the work and training of the maintainer of the future.
The Mining3 white paper ‘Maintainer of the Future’ can be accessed here.