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STRATEGIC FACTORS FOR MAINTENANCE IN MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering. (Innovation och Produktrealisering)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7494-1474
2008 (English)In: Proceedings of the 21th international congress on Condition Monitoring and Diagnostic Engineering Manangement, Brno: Czech Society for Non-Destructive Testing , 2008, p. 405-413Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

While the process industry has developed a strategic view of its maintenance activities and regards maintenance as a profit centre, the discrete units manufacturing industry still in many cases view maintenance as a cost driver. However, with the automotive industry as a driving force, the manufacturing industry is beginning to view maintenance as a strategic asset. Still, though, many companies have no formulated maintenance strategy. The aim of this paper is to exemplify what factors manufacturing companies consider important when formulating their maintenance strategies. As a base for this, a case study has been performed in which interviews have been conducted in six companies to find out what factors they consider to be of strategic importance for their maintenance. The results from the interviews are then analyzed and discussed in the light of some previously presented studies on the topic of maintenance strategies. The findings of the study indicate that some factors, e.g., financial considerations and spare parts handling are common for the studied companies, while others, e.g., workforce and technological level are company specific. The company specific factors may depend on contextual factors such as branch and/or company size. But which factors the companies regard as strategically important seems to depend also on the managers’ knowledge in maintenance management and maintenance technology.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Brno: Czech Society for Non-Destructive Testing , 2008. p. 405-413
Keywords [en]
Maintenance Strategy, Maintenance Management
National Category
Other Mechanical Engineering
Research subject
Innovation and Design
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-4364ISBN: 978-80-254-2276-2 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-4364DiVA, id: diva2:126908
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XPRES - Initiative for excellence in production researchAvailable from: 2008-11-26 Created: 2008-11-26 Last updated: 2014-01-16Bibliographically approved
In thesis
1. Formulation of Maintenance Strategies
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Formulation of Maintenance Strategies
2009 (English)Licentiate thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

In industry, there is a constant demand for increased productivity in order to stay competitive. Still, Swedish industry has an average utilization of about 60% in its production systems. One important factor for increasing the equipment utilization is effective maintenance of production assets.

Within process industry a strategic view on maintenance activities is common and most companies regard maintenance as a profit centre. Meanwhile, the discrete units manufacturing industry still in many cases view maintenance as a cost driver. However, with the spread of Toyota-inspired production concepts, the manufacturing industry is beginning to view maintenance as a strategic asset. Still, though, many companies have no formulated maintenance strategy.

The main purpose of the research, presented in this thesis, has been to develop a work-process for formulation of effective maintenance strategies for enterprises in the manufacturing industry.

Through one descriptive and two prescriptive case studies a work-process for formulation of maintenance strategies has been developed. The descriptive study revealed some of the differences between companies with and without maintenance strategies. It also showed how some companies view the strategic contributions of maintenance. The first prescriptive study showed how stakeholder involvement may contribute to the identification of relevant performance measures for the maintenance activities. Stakeholder involvement also contributes to the organizational acceptance of the maintenance strategy. Last, the second prescriptive case study led to the development of a work-process for formulation of maintenance strategies. The work-process was tested and verified in three companies, handling different challenges for their maintenance activities. All three companies intend to use the formulated maintenance strategy as a road map for the development of their production maintenance.

 

Series
Mälardalen University Press Licentiate Theses, ISSN 1651-9256 ; 100
National Category
Other Mechanical Engineering
Research subject
Innovation och design
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-4836 (URN)978-91-86135-19-5 (ISBN)
Presentation
2009-03-06, Raspen, Mälardalens högskola, Eskilstuna, 09:00 (English)
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Available from: 2009-02-18 Created: 2009-02-02 Last updated: 2013-12-03Bibliographically approved

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