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Supporting Implementation of Condition Based Maintenance: Highlighting the Interplay between Technical Constituents and Human & Organizational Factors
Mälardalen University, Department of Innovation, Design and Product Development.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0729-0122
2008 (English)In: International Journal of Technology and Human Interaction, ISSN 1548-3908, E-ISSN 1548-3916, Vol. 4, no 1, p. 48-74Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article presents two case studies and theory on the topic of implementing a condition based maintenance approach. It visualizes that condition based maintenance, within the Swedish industry, is utilized to a lesser degree than corrective and predetermined maintenance, and argues that one reason for this is the difficulty in implementation. It also argues that additional factors, beyond technical aspects within the condition based maintenance approach, are necessary to take into consideration if successful implementation is to be achieved. The purpose of the two case studies was to investigate the process of implementing a condition based maintenance approach. The result of the investigation was compiled into a checklist with important factors to take into consideration when attempting to implement condition based maintenance within an industrial setting.

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2008. Vol. 4, no 1, p. 48-74
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-4122DOI: 10.4018/jthi.2008010104Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-47349096026OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-4122DiVA, id: diva2:120926
Available from: 2007-10-08 Created: 2007-10-08 Last updated: 2017-12-14Bibliographically approved
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1. On Condition Based Maintenance and its Implementation in Industrial Settings
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2007 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

In order to stay competitive, it is necessary for companies to continuously increase the effectiveness and efficiency of their production processes. High availability has, thus, increased in importance. Therefore, maintenance has gained in importance as a support function for ensuring, e.g., quality products and on-time deliveries. Maintenance, though, is a costly support function. It has been reported that as much as 70% of the total production cost can be spent on maintenance. Further, as much as one-third of the cost of maintenance is incurred unnecessarily due to bad planning, overtime cost, limited or misused preventive maintenance, and so on. In so, condition based maintenance is introduced as one solution for a more effective maintenance.

In condition based maintenance, critical item characteristics are monitored in order to gain early indications of an incipient failure. Research, though, has shown that condition based maintenance has not been implemented on a wide basis. Therefore, the purpose of this research is to investigate how a condition based maintenance approach can be implemented in an industrial setting, and to develop a method that can assist companies in their implementation efforts. Further, the research has been divided in three research questions. They focus on: constituents of a condition based maintenance approach, decision-making prior implementation of condition based maintenance, and finally, the implementation of condition based maintenance in a company.

By using a systems approach and a case study process, how condition based maintenance can be implemented as a routine has been investigated. The result is an implementation method in which four suggested phases are presented. The method starts with a feasibility test. It then continues with an analysis phase, an implementation phase, and an assessment phase. The conclusions can be summarized as follows: implementing condition based maintenance consists of many general enabling factors, including management support, education and training, good communication, and motivation etc.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Västerås: Mälardalens högskola, 2007. p. 101
Series
Mälardalen University Press Dissertations, ISSN 1651-4238 ; 48
Keyword
Condition based maintenance, condition monitoring, production systems, change management, implementation, case study, decision-making
National Category
Engineering and Technology
Research subject
Innovation and Design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-428 (URN)978-91-85485-57-4 (ISBN)
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2007-11-09, Filen, Verktyget, Smedjegatan 37, Eskilstuna, 10:00
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Available from: 2007-10-08 Created: 2007-10-08 Last updated: 2013-12-03Bibliographically approved

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