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Maintenance Strategy - An Enabler for Improved Competitiveness
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering. (Innovation och Produktrealisering)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7494-1474
2008 (English)In: Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Flexible Automation and Intelligent Manufacturing, Skövde: University of Skövde , 2008, p. 333-339Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In order to keep production in Sweden the industry has to stay competitive on a global market. This fact increases the demand of high utilisation of automated production equipment. However, research has indicated that the average utilisation of production equipment in Sweden is about 60%. One key factor for increasing the utilisation is effective maintenance of the production equipment. Still, within the manufacturing industry, maintenance is often regarded as a cost driving necessity rather than a competitive resource. In a survey, published 2004, about 70 % of the respondents consider maintenance a pure cost centre. The same survey also revealed that 28 % of the respondents have no maintenance strategy or policy at all. The aim of this paper is to discuss the role of maintenance strategies as a means of making maintenance contribute to competitiveness. The paper is based on a theoretical overview and a case study in which six companies have been studied regarding the perceived quality of their maintenance, the challenges they face, and their view on the strategic impact of production maintenance. In the case study, four companies, which are dissatisfied with their current maintenance, are compared with two reference companies, well reputed for their maintenance excellence. The findings indicate that a strategic view of maintenance is essential for achieving the desired level of maintenance performance. This strategic view has to be held, not only by the production and maintenance management, but by the company management group. While the two reference companies have well formulated maintenance strategies, including aligned measures, acting as roadmaps for their continuous improvement of their maintenance, the four studied companies lack both strategic goals and relevant measures for their maintenance activities. The reasons for this are individual for each company but they share an insight that they need to develop their maintenance in order to stay competitive in their business areas.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Skövde: University of Skövde , 2008. p. 333-339
National Category
Other Mechanical Engineering
Research subject
Innovation and Design
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-4365ISBN: 978-91-633-2757-5 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-4365DiVA, id: diva2:126909
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XPRES - Initiative for excellence in production researchAvailable from: 2008-11-26 Created: 2008-11-26 Last updated: 2016-02-11Bibliographically approved
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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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Supervisors
Available from: 2009-02-18 Created: 2009-02-02 Last updated: 2013-12-03Bibliographically approved
2. Strategic Maintenance Development in Manufacturing Industry
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Strategic Maintenance Development in Manufacturing Industry
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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Supervisors
Funder
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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