A review of multi-criteria classification of spare parts

Irene Roda (Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy)
Marco Macchi (Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy)
Luca Fumagalli (Department of Management, Economics and Industrial Engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy)
Pablo Viveros (Department of Industries, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Valparaíso, Chile)

Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management

ISSN: 1741-038X

Publication date: 29 April 2014

Abstract

Purpose

Spare parts management plays a relevant role for equipment-intensive companies. An important step of such process is the spare parts classification, enabling properly managing different items by taking into account their peculiarities. The purpose of this paper is to review the state of the art of classification of spare parts for manufacturing equipment by presenting an extensive literature analysis followed by an industrial assessment, with the final aim to identify eventual discrepancies.

Design/methodology/approach

Not only is the attention put on the literature about the subject, but also on an on-field analysis, that is presented comprehending an extensive survey and two in-depth exploratory case studies. The copper mining sector was chosen being representative for the case of capital intensive plants where the cost of maintenance has relevant weight on the total operating cost.

Findings

The paper highlights the status of the scientific literature on spare parts classification by showing the current situation in the real industrial world. The paper depicts the existing barriers that leave gaps between theory and real practice for the application of an effective multi-criteria spare parts classification.

Originality/value

The paper provides a review of the theory on spare parts classification methods and criteria, as well as empirical evidences especially for what concern current situation and barriers for an effective implementation in the industrial environment. The paper should be of interest to both academics and practitioners, since it provides original insights on the discrepancies between scientific and industrial world.

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Citation

Roda, I., Macchi, M., Fumagalli, L. and Viveros, P. (2014), "A review of multi-criteria classification of spare parts ", Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, Vol. 25 No. 4, pp. 528-549. https://doi.org/10.1108/JMTM-04-2013-0038

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