Before you invest in extensive training to kick start your Predictive Maintenance technology program, consider the follow simple yet effective tip.
Rather than risk the financial and time investment (e.g. purchasing equipment, receiving training) required to implement predictive maintenance technologies, consider trying a small pilot project using an outside contractor. With the lower initial expense and the enhanced capabilities of an experienced contractor (you did do your homework on checking out the contractor didn't you?), the likelihood of success is much higher. From this point your program can be expanded on an incremental basis. If eventually you have sufficient need and funding to develop your own in-house program you will have already built your business case and justification with calculated steps showing return on investment along the way.