An integrated approach of maintenance tools and techniques to improve manufacturing performance

Wyant, T 1997, An integrated approach of maintenance tools and techniques to improve manufacturing performance , MPhil thesis, University of Salford.

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In todays competitive markets with increasing demands on manufacturers to produce quality products to tight deadlines, the availability of manufacturing plant and equipment is of prime importance. Traditionally, maintenance has often been considered as a second line function and non-productive. However, an effective maintenance activity can contribute to plant availability and reliability leading to increased production efficiency and consequently to company profitability. This Thesis is concerned with adopting an integrated approach to implementing maintenance tools and techniques and describes the definition, implementation and consolidation of these within a traditional factory environment in order to increase manufacturing performance. The tools and techniques implemented include re-organisation of the maintenance department to adopt a customer focused team based approach, preventive maintenance improvements, implementation of various condition monitoring techniques including vibration analysis, oil monitoring, thermography and the introduction of in-house monitoring methods as well as the introduction of a computerised maintenance management system. As a result of implementing these tools and techniques the company has seen dramatic improvements. These improvements have realised savings in excess of £ 220,000 with opportunity costs in excess of £ 1,500,000. Condition monitoring tools allowed the company to meet a 50% increase in production during 1995, with an effect on pre-tax profit in the region of 50%. The results obtained emphasise the importance of an effective maintenance strategy to the manufacturing operation. As well as this its importance to the business as a whole, making it a key business activity.

Item Type: Thesis (MPhil)
Contributors: Sharp, JM (Supervisor)
Schools: Schools > School of Computing, Science and Engineering
Depositing User: Institutional Repository
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2021 13:44
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 21:54

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