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A Work Process for Formulation of Maintenance Strategies
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering. (IPR)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7494-1474
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Abstract [en]

 

Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this study is to develop and validate a work-process for formulation of maintenance strategies within manufacturing industry.

Design/methodology/approach – Literature studies and an industrial case study are combined to develop the proposed work-process.

Findings – A process for formulation of maintenance strategies is proposed. The process is developed through a combination of previous research results, and a case study, in which three industrial organizations, participating in collaboration with researchers, have formulated maintenance strategies for their companies.

Practical implications – Formulated maintenance strategies are the very foundation for maintenance excellence. However, many manufacturing companies lack maintenance strategies, partly due to lack of competence in how to formulate functional strategies. This paper gives example of how such maintenance strategies may be formulated requiring a low level of resource.

Originality/value – The paper presents a work-process for formulation of maintenance strategies. The formulation process is easy to use and does not demand any larger amount of resources. Hence, it should be possible to use also at smaller companies who lack both manpower and specialist competence in maintenance strategies.

Keywords – Maintenance, Strategy

Paper type – Research paper

 

Keywords [en]
Maintenance, Strategy
National Category
Other Mechanical Engineering
Research subject
Innovation and Design
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-4715OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-4715DiVA, id: diva2:157935
Available from: 2009-01-28 Created: 2009-01-21 Last updated: 2013-12-03Bibliographically approved
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1. Formulation of Maintenance Strategies
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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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