Use and Benefits of Planned and Systematic Maintenance in Manufacturing Companies

Laugen, B.T., Acur, N., Boer, H., Frick, J. and Gertsen, F. (2003) Use and Benefits of Planned and Systematic Maintenance in Manufacturing Companies. In: 10th International EurOMA Conference One World? One View of Om? The Challenges of Integrating Research & Practice, Como, Italy, 16-18 June, 2003, pp. 611-619.

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Well established routines for preventive maintenance are assumed to have an important function to reduce unplanned breakdowns in the production and to keep products with good quality. Much of the Japanese management philosophies, like JIT, Lean and Kaizen are arguing for a high level of preventive maintenance, and maintenance is often recognised as an important driver for improvement/innovation activities in companies. However, much manufacturing companies are not putting considerably effort into the maintenance work. The analyses indicate that the respondents of the 2002 International Manufacturing Strategy Survey (IMSS) are operating with a relatively high degree of corrective maintenance. In addition to this, the large manufacturers of machinery equipment (ISIC 382) with a high level of preventive maintenance have better product quality, lower overhead costs and better capacity utilisation compared with the companies with much corrective actions. Planned and systematic maintenance practices are also implemented together with several other improvement practices, which indicate that the companies are considering the whole configuration of improvement practices, and gain positive results from this.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Acur Bakir, Dr Nuran
Authors: Laugen, B.T., Acur, N., Boer, H., Frick, J., and Gertsen, F.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > Adam Smith Business School > Management

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