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Title: Design Rules and Guidelines for Generic Condition Based Maintenance Software's Graphic User Interface
Author: Higgs, Philip A.
Awarding Body: Loughborough University
Current Institution: Loughborough University
Date of Award: 2006
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The task of selecting and developing a method of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) for a Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) system, is investigated in this thesis. Efficiently and accurately communicating machinery health information extracted from Condition Monitoring (CM) equipment, to aid and assist plant and machinery maintenance decisions, is the crux of the problem being researched. Challenges facing this research include: the multitude of different CM techniques, developed for measuring different component and machinery condition parameters; the multitude of different methods of HCI; and the multitude of different ways of communicating machinery health conditions to CBM practitioners. Each challenge will be considered whilst pursuing the objective of identifying a generic set of design and development principles, applicable to the design and development of a CBM system's Human Machine Interface (HMI). Maintenance professionals and CBM solution providers have been surveyed, with the objective of understanding the present day industrial application of CBM systems and desirable methods of HCI, for these computerised systems. Findings from the survey along with findings from literature investigations have been used to develop a CBM HMI, designed to Royal Mail PIc's user requirements. The CBM HMI takes the form of a simulation, demonstrating ideas for inclusion in a Browser accessible, networked CBM system. Feedback acquired following usability tests on the simulation, provides material for improving the design ideas contained in the simulation, and helping to clarify generic CBM system HMI design and development principles. As a consequence of the research investigations, a set of categorised rules and guidelines are proposed for aiding the design and development of future generic CBM software's OUIs. The proposed rules and guidelines are intended for CBM designers and solution providers, in order to reduce the development time and improve the quality of generic CBM software OUIs. Key Words Condition Based Maintenance, Human Computer Interaction, Human Computer Interface, Condition Monitoring, Predictive Maintenance.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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