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Development of digitalised maintenance – a concept

Hatem Algabroun (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Linnaeus University, Vaxjo, Sweden)
Jon Bokrantz (Division of Production Systems, Department of Industrial and Materials Science, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden)
Basim Al-Najjar (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Linnaeus University, Vaxjo, Sweden)
Anders Skoogh (Division of Production Systems, Department of Industrial and Materials Science, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden)

Journal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering

ISSN: 1355-2511

Article publication date: 31 December 2020

Issue publication date: 28 March 2022

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Abstract

Purpose

This paper presents a concept for digitalised maintenance (DM), maps the conceptualised DM to maintenance problems in industries and highlights challenges that might be faced when realizing this concept.

Design/methodology/approach

First, maintenance problems that are faced by the industry are presented, followed by a conceptualisation of DM. Next, a typical operational scenario is used as an exemplification to show system dynamics. The characteristics of this conceptualised DM are then mapped to the identified maintenance problems of industry. Then, interesting initiatives in this domain are highlighted, and finally, the challenges to realize this approach are discussed.

Findings

This paper identified a set of problems related to maintenance in industry. In order to solve current industrial problems, exploit emerging digital technologies and elevate future industries, it will be necessary to develop new maintenance approaches. The mapping between the criteria of DM and maintenance problems shows the potential of this concept and gives a reason to examine it empirically in future work.

Originality/value

This paper aims to help maintenance professionals from both academia and industry to understand and reflect on the problems related to maintenance, as well as to comprehend the requirements of a digitalised maintenance and challenges that may arise.

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Acknowledgements

The authors would like to acknowledge that this study is completed as a part of PreCoM-H2020, FoF 09, 2017-2020 The PreCoM project has received funding from European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 768575.

Citation

Algabroun, H., Bokrantz, J., Al-Najjar, B. and Skoogh, A. (2022), "Development of digitalised maintenance – a concept", Journal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering, Vol. 28 No. 2, pp. 367-390. https://doi.org/10.1108/JQME-04-2019-0039

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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