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The potential in strategic maintenance development
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7494-1474
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0729-0122
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Abstract [en]

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to exemplify and discuss the potential in strategic maintenance development.

Design/methodology/approach – This paper is based on a three year industrial case study, conducted in three different companies within manufacturing industry.

Findings – All three companies have showed substantial improvements in the chosen KPIs. Further, the management has increased the insight on maintenance as a contributor to company competitiveness.

Research limitations/implications – None of the companies has used any financial KPI for their strategic maintenance development. It would be of future interest to study the concept Cost of Poor Maintenance as an evaluation tool for strategic maintenance development.

Practical implications – This study exemplifies the potential of strategic maintenance development in manufacturing industry.

Originality/value – This paper show the results from three years of formulation, implementation, and evaluation of maintenance strategies.

Key words Strategic maintenance development, maintenance key performance indicators

Paper type Research paper

Keywords [en]
Strategic maintenance development, maintenance key performance indicators
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-12104OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-12104DiVA, id: diva2:410104
Available from: 2011-04-12 Created: 2011-04-12 Last updated: 2017-02-22Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Strategic Maintenance Development in Manufacturing Industry
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2011 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Industrial maintenance is a substantial financial post. The total value of maintenance budgets in Europe has been estimated to be approximately 1500 billion € per year. At the same time, there are indications that about a third of these costs are wasted due to poor planning, overtime costs, inferior use of preventive maintenance and so forth. However, the diversity between different types of industry is substantial.

While the process industry, which is rather vulnerable to disturbances, has a tradition of viewing its maintenance as a strategic resource, the picture is quite different in discrete item manufacturing industry. Historically, manufacturing industry has had a surplus of finished goods and Work-In-Progress buffers between machinery. Therefore, the manufacturing industry has been able to fulfil its production demand despite unreliable production equipment. In the last few decades, the concept of lean production has started to spread within the manufacturing industry as a means to improve competitiveness. Manufacturing companies apply lean tools such as flow oriented production layout, Just-In-Time production and Demand-Flow-Technology. As a consequence, the vulnerability to system disturbances increases and hence, the demand for dependable production equipment increases. Despite this increasing demand on reliable production equipment, few manufacturing companies work with strategic maintenance development. One reason for this may be that the existing methods and concepts for maintenance development are quite resource demanding.

The main objective with this research is to develop a simple and cost effective approach aimed to formulate, implement, and evaluate maintenance strategies for the manufacturing industry. In five case studies the following has been studied: (1) The industry’s view on strategic maintenance development, (2) Formulation of maintenance strategies, (3) Implementation of maintenance strategies, (4) Cost of Poor Maintenance, and (5) Results from strategic maintenance development.

As a result from this research, a process for the formulation of maintenance strategies has been developed. Further, a number of driving forces and obstacles, that influence the implementation of maintenance strategies, have been identified. The concept of Cost of Poor Maintenance has been introduced as a means for evaluating the financial contribution of maintenance. Finally, three years of studies in three companies has shown substantial benefits from strategic maintenance development.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Västerås: Mälardalen University, 2011
Series
Mälardalen University Press Dissertations, ISSN 1651-4238 ; 99
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Research subject
Innovation and Design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-12138 (URN)978-91-7485-010-9 (ISBN)
Public defence
2011-06-01, Filen, Smedjegatan 37, Eskilstuna, 10:00 (English)
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XPRES - Initiative for excellence in production research
Available from: 2011-04-20 Created: 2011-04-18 Last updated: 2013-12-06Bibliographically approved

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