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Publication date: 1 April 2003

B. Vannieuwenhuyse, L. Gelders and L. Pintelon

Because of growing congestion problems and environmental and safety considerations, freight transportation becomes more and more a key issue in logistics in particular and…

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Because of growing congestion problems and environmental and safety considerations, freight transportation becomes more and more a key issue in logistics in particular and in the industrial process in general. The transportation mode choice is still often made in a rather irrational way. This paper presents the outcome of surveys conducted in Belgian industry about the logistics decision maker’s perception concerning the transportation modes. The different choice criteria are determined and weighted. Finally an interactive Internet tool is presented in order to support the transportation mode decision process. The paper provides insights into the logistics process to the authorities, but above all offers a tool to individual decision makers in the transportation mode selection.

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Logistics Information Management, vol. 16 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0957-6053

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Publication date: 1 June 1995

B. Andries and L. Gelders

Proposes that, due to the changing market, companies can no longerwork with the logistic systems of the past but must develop new logisticconcepts, logistic management and…

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Proposes that, due to the changing market, companies can no longer work with the logistic systems of the past but must develop new logistic concepts, logistic management and control systems to support the new concepts. Discusses the importance of order penetration point (OPP) within the development of time‐based management and control systems. Concludes that creativity in product development, production and distribution must be based on strong modern logistical foundations to survive in the competitive market.

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Logistics Information Management, vol. 8 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0957-6053

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Publication date: 21 August 2007

Wen‐Jinn Chen

In today's industry, a machine breakdown is common for a machine running a long period of time without maintenance. To avoid a sudden breakdown, periodic maintenance is…

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Purpose

In today's industry, a machine breakdown is common for a machine running a long period of time without maintenance. To avoid a sudden breakdown, periodic maintenance is usually performed in the production system. This paper aims to find a set of efficient schedules that considers both jobs and maintenance simultaneously.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper addresses a real‐life scheduling problem in a plastic company. An algorithm based on the variable range technique is developed to solve the problem by providing a small set of efficient schedules.

Findings

Once maintenance is performed, the job being processed must be stopped. This will result in some jobs being late or tardy and a relatively larger flow time is generated. Therefore, how to minimize these two criteria in the production system becomes an important issue in the company. Computational results show that problems with larger maintenance intervals and smaller maintaining time can produce a smaller number of efficient schedules.

Practical implications

It is seen that scheduling maintenance will result in some jobs being tardy and a larger flow time is generated. A decision maker can easily select a preferred schedule from the small set of efficient schedules. The proposed algorithm is appropriate not only for the studied company but also for those companies where periodic maintenance is required.

Originality/value

Presents an algorithm to find a small set of efficient schedules.

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Journal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering, vol. 13 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1355-2511

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Publication date: 29 March 2011

Panagiotis H. Tsarouhas

Food production lines consist of several machines in series, and for that reason if a failure occurs in a machine some or all of the in‐process material upstream of the…

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Purpose

Food production lines consist of several machines in series, and for that reason if a failure occurs in a machine some or all of the in‐process material upstream of the failure will have to be scrapped due to quality deterioration during the stoppage, therefore the necessity of better maintenance strategy is required. This paper aims to address this issue.

Design/methodology/approach

Statistical analysis including the computation of descriptive statistics of field failure and repair data for four pizza production lines is computed. Also, a comparison study of performance evaluation between the lines is performed.

Findings

The pizza production lines are following the lognormal distribution for both times to failure and times to repair and if the repair process has not been completed in the first 45 minutes and goes on for a long time, then this indicates serious problems on the lines.

Practical implications

Maintenance has an important role on the efficiency of the food production line. By analyzing the field failure data of the four production lines the reliability and maintainability can be estimated and the maintenance policies of the lines may be evaluated. The study could be a fundamental tool for maintenance personnel and engineers for optimizing the maintenance strategy.

Originality/value

The collection and analysis of the lines' actual failure and repair data extended over a period of 12 months and will be very useful as a valid data source for food product machinery manufacturers who wish to improve the design and operation of their production lines.

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Journal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering, vol. 17 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1355-2511

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Publication date: 7 December 2015

R S Velmurugan and Tarun Dhingra

This paper aims to synthesize and categorize the published literatures related to maintenance strategies formulation, selection and implementation in various industries…

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Purpose

This paper aims to synthesize and categorize the published literatures related to maintenance strategies formulation, selection and implementation in various industries. The purpose of this paper is to develop a conceptual framework based on literature review for formulation of maintenance strategies, selection and the implementation of selected strategies. Further, to study on impact of maintenance strategies implementation in maintenance function.

Design/methodology/approach

A literature review has been carried out to identify the existing frameworks related to maintenance strategies formulation, selection of maintenance strategy and implementation of maintenance strategy in the industry. Literature support for all the conceptual constructs referred in the framework has been discussed to establish a logical sequence.

Findings

A conceptual framework for maintenance strategies formulation, selection and implementation and its impact in maintenance function has been developed. Further, constructs and sub-constructs which form the basis for maintenance strategies formulation, selection and implementation have been identified from the literatures. In addition, propositions have also been formulated to support the conceptual framework and these propositions provide the logical relationship among the maintenance strategies formulation, selection among the formulated strategies and the implementation of these strategies.

Research limitations/implications

The conceptual framework developed in this paper for maintenance strategy formulation and selection is yet to be empirically tested. The proposed framework can be tested in various industries.

Practical implications

Literature study on maintenance strategy formulation and selection has so far been very limited. Maintenance strategy selection is a critical decision-making problem for the maintenance managers working in the process plant, manufacturing companies, etc. The conceptual framework proposed in this paper will help maintenance managers to asses, formulate, select suitable maintenance strategy and implement for their organization.

Originality/value

The paper provides comprehensive study on maintenance strategy problem which will be useful to researchers, maintenance managers and other professionals in various industries such as process industry, manufacturing industry, etc., to understand maintenance strategy selection problem and implementation of maintenance strategy.

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International Journal of Operations & Production Management, vol. 35 no. 12
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0144-3577

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Publication date: 9 August 2013

Marco Macchi and Luca Fumagalli

The paper proposes a maturity assessment method to measure the state of maintenance practices in a company.

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Purpose

The paper proposes a maturity assessment method to measure the state of maintenance practices in a company.

Design/methodology/approach

The method assumes that a maintenance department is evaluated in terms of its managerial, organizational and technological capabilities. By its adoption it is possible to analyse the maturity level reached by a company, in order to classify the criticalities in its maintenance processes; a company can also make a benchmark with the best companies of a reference sample.

Findings

The paper presents the method as a support to identify the levers to improve the maintenance management system. The method is demonstrated on a company whose maturity is assessed before making a benchmark against a sample of other manufacturing companies located in the Northern Italy.

Originality/value

The paper presents a scoring method for maturity assessment and a procedure to use it in order to identify the criticalities in maintenance processes and to subsequently drive the improvement of the maintenance management system. The paper should be useful both to researchers and maintenance professionals interested in using new methods for long‐term planning in maintenance.

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Journal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering, vol. 19 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1355-2511

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Publication date: 1 September 1997

Hassan Al‐Zubaidi

Building maintenance has until recently been aneglected field of quantitative modelling and of academic study. It has not attractedvery much attention despite being…

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Building maintenance has until recently been a neglected field of quantitative modelling and of academic study. It has not attracted very much attention despite being regarded as under‐funded, unproductive and poorly managed, or the recognition that many of its managerial problems are demanding more research and skills than those of new works. Discusses the priorities, categories of maintenance work, and factors affecting demand for maintenance. Based on general statistics obtained, identifies and quantifies both major problems areas (in terms of cost and frequency of maintenance activities) and the nature and cause of the demand for maintenance in a major hospital complex. They have revealed no coherent picture, in that demand from wards and building seems independent of patient throughput and age of buildings. The demand for maintenance, for the main trades involved, namely plumbing, joinery, electrical and mechanical have been forecast and arrival rate of jobs per trade has been estimated. This would enhance the management process and work planning which would result in a more economic use of resources and a corresponding reduction in the total cost of maintaining property to a standard.

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Property Management, vol. 15 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0263-7472

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Publication date: 9 March 2012

Vicente González‐Prida Díaz, Luis Barberá Martínez, Juan Francisco Gómez Fernández and Adolfo Crespo Márquez

The purpose of this paper is to present a brief summary of quality and contractual aspects for the improvement of the warranty management. Together with this, the present…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to present a brief summary of quality and contractual aspects for the improvement of the warranty management. Together with this, the present work will show also some of the best practices followed by companies in order to manage properly those kinds of issues related to warranty, as well as some indications to assess the implementation degree of such practices in the whole organization. Basically, the global objective of the study is to present to the reader and in few words the importance of taking into account legal and quality aspects, when a company offers a technical service for the warranty assistance of any of its products, together with the maturity level that this company achieves applying some best practices currently available.

Design/methodology/approach

The study starts by mentioning some antecedents related to warranty, in order to summarize a reference framework, proposed for proper warranty management, and how the information exchange should be performed among the different departments of a generic company. Then, it will be suggested how to apply this according to a strategic management which is divided in phases, taken from the product life cycle concept: Front‐end, Design and Development, Production, Marketing, and Post‐sale Support. These phases are included in three higher stages considered as Pre‐Launch stage, Launch and Post‐Launch stage, where different decisions play important roles. Afterwards, it will be shown how warranty management is viewed from the contract and legal point of view, in order to link the above mentioned topics on generic management, with those best practices currently presented in actual markets. Finally, once analysed, all those aspects related to best practices and its application on the reference framework, it is required now to quantify how a company manages the warranty assistances by a maturity assessment on warranty management.

Findings

The paper observes what today's companies are doing in this field, that is, their best practices in warranty management covering the quality and contractual aspects already mentioned, in order to round off the development of a completed framework for such management.

Originality/value

The paper presents a review, a framework and a practical application of the framework for the management of warranty contracts, including a maturity assessment or evaluation.

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International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management, vol. 29 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0265-671X

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Publication date: 1 December 2002

Guojun Zhu, Ludo Gelders and Liliane Pintelon

Approaches maintenance management in a systematic way so as to achieve its business objectives. From a managerial point of view, this so‐called object/objective‐oriented…

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Approaches maintenance management in a systematic way so as to achieve its business objectives. From a managerial point of view, this so‐called object/objective‐oriented maintenance management (OOMM) is an integral process of asset (equipment) management with behavior‐based maintenance (BBM) as a major element. Within the OOMM concept, the objective‐approach focuses on the managing of the maintenance processes so as to achieve the business objectives, and the object‐approach emphasizes the object (asset or equipment) and the behavioral failures. Furthermore, combined together, the two approaches reflect the basic characteristics of the maintenance process. Also, both sides affect and influence each other, and are inseparable within OOMM. BBM addresses the monitoring and controlling of the technical and economic behavior of a piece of equipment in two ways.

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Journal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering, vol. 8 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1355-2511

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