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What is Conditioned-Based Maintenance (CBM)

Technology has infused modern Facilities Management. Conditioned-based maintenance (CBM) is the latest technology to be used in the Smart workplace.

Conditioned-Based Maintenance (CBM) Definition

Conditioned-Based Maintenance (CBM) is a proactive approach to maintenance that focuses on monitoring the condition of equipment and infrastructure to identify potential problems before they occur. CBM involves collecting data about the performance and condition of equipment and using this data to predict when maintenance or repairs are needed. This allows maintenance teams to address issues before they cause disruptions or failures, and can help to extend the lifespan of equipment and reduce maintenance costs.

Sensors, Monitoring Devices and Data

CBM typically involves the use of sensors, monitoring devices, and other technologies to collect data about the condition of the equipment. This data is then analyzed and used to identify trends and patterns that may indicate a need for maintenance or repair. Some common types of data collected as part of a CBM program include:

  • Vibration data: Vibration sensors can be used to monitor the movement and vibration of equipment, and can help to identify problems such as imbalance, misalignment, or bearing wear.

  • Temperature data: Temperature sensors can be used to monitor the temperature of equipment and identify problems such as overheating or cooling issues.

  • Oil analysis: Analyzing the condition of lubricating oil can help to identify issues such as contamination or wear within the equipment.

  • Electrical data: Monitoring electrical data, such as current, voltage, and power consumption, can help to identify problems such as equipment overload or electrical faults.

CBM is often used in combination with other types of maintenance, such as preventive maintenance (PM) or predictive maintenance (PdM). PM involves performing regular, scheduled maintenance on equipment to prevent failures, while PdM involves using data and analysis to predict when maintenance is needed. Together, these approaches can help to optimize maintenance schedules and reduce downtime and repair costs.

CBM smoke sensor

How does this work in Facilities Management

In facilities management, conditioned-based maintenance (CBM) is a proactive approach to maintaining and repairing facilities and infrastructure. It involves the use of sensors, monitoring devices, and other technologies to collect data about the condition of equipment and use this data to predict when maintenance or repairs are needed. This allows facilities management teams to address issues before they cause disruptions or failures, and can help to extend the lifespan of equipment and reduce maintenance costs.

There are several ways that CBM can be implemented in facilities management:

  1. Equipment monitoring: CBM can be used to monitor the condition of equipment such as HVAC systems, elevators, and electrical systems. Sensors and monitoring devices can be installed on this equipment to collect data about its performance and condition. This data can then be used to identify trends and patterns that may indicate a need for maintenance or repair.

  2. Building systems monitoring: CBM can also be used to monitor the performance and condition of building systems such as plumbing, electrical, and fire protection systems. Sensors and monitoring devices can be installed to collect data about these systems, and this data can be used to identify potential problems before they occur.

  3. Asset management: CBM can be used as part of an asset management program to help facilities managers track the condition of equipment and infrastructure, and prioritize maintenance and repair activities.

building monitor

CBM for FM

Overall, CBM can help facilities managers proactively identify and address potential issues, and optimize maintenance schedules to reduce downtime and repair costs. It can also help to extend the lifespan of equipment and infrastructure and improve the overall efficiency and reliability of facilities.

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