The Market and the Trend
The services sector continues to grow steadily; more than two thirds of the added value in Germany is achieved with services. Boundaries between sectors fade along with the growth, because products and technical equipment is not sold or rented, but paid on usage basis.
This applies to the coffee machine in the office, which is made available for a monthly charge, as well as for a high-pressure cleaner, which is being evaluated based on how much water it supplied. If devices and equipment with sensor technology permanently report their maintenance status, the next step is obvious: targeted evaluation of sensor allows accurate predictions as to when a particular device needs to be serviced, when a spare part needs replacement – resource friendly and efficient, the trend towards “Predictive Maintenance”.