Predict the Unpredictable

Predictive Maintenance 4.0

Companies in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands already see the potential of Predictive Maintenance 4.0 (PdM 4.0) to improve current maintenance practices, with one in three expecting to be using it within five years.

Machine learning and predictive analytics - the main technologies that enable predictive maintenance – are seeing increased interest in both the press and Google Trend data.

Businesses are recognising PdM 4.0 as the way of the future and increased automation is on the horizon for most. We looked at PdM 4.0 implementation in three countries, and Belgium emerged as a clear leader.

Belgium leader of the pack

Following our Industry 4.0 survey in Flanders called "Industry 4.0 - Hype or Reality", PwC and Mainnovation surveyed 280 businesses in Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany, to find out where they stand with PdM 4.0.

Overall, 11% of the companies surveyed have implemented PdM 4.0. 

With 23%, Belgium came out way ahead among the countries surveyed, while half of the respondents plan to implement it in the future.


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% of PdM 4.0 implementation

% of PdM 4.0 implementation

Why implement PdM 4.0?

Primary goal for adoption of PdM 4.0

Primary goal for adoption of Predictive Maintenance 4.0
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Infrabel case

Infrabel, the company responsible for the entire Belgian rail infrastructure, responded to growing maintenance needs by investing heavily in automation. It has developed sophisticated monitoring tools, including cameras, meters, sensors and more. These tools generate large volumes of data, which prompted the creation of a centralised Data Cell to collect and analyse the information.

By making these preparations, Infrabel is well positioned for the large scale application of data analytics in maintenance.

It is expected to make further progress in automation, contributing to what Infrabel describes as “a complete transformation of Infrabel into a digital enterprise in which ‘basic’ assets are replaced by smart assets that are integrated in an Internet of Things. This transformation enables Infrabel to become increasingly data-driven in its decision making.

Get in touch with one of our specialists

Matthias Reyntjens

Partner, Ghent, PwC Belgium

+32 9 268 80 66


Peter Vermeire

Partner, Ghent, PwC Belgium

+32 9268 8064


Johan Van der Straeten

Senior Manager, Antwerp, PwC Belgium

+32 3259 3074


Jochen Vincke

Director, Ghent, PwC Belgium

+32 9268 8055



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