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Title: Development of an optimum plant maintenance regime
Author: Barry, Patrick
Awarding Body: University of Manchester
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2000
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In the modern commercial environment, companies are continuously trying to reduce costs by improving manufacturing efficiency. As equipment reliability directly affects manufacturing efficiency an investigation of equipment would be the first step to reducing equipment downtime. The most common method of identifying the contributors to poor performance is Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM). This technique however, has had relatively few applications, as it has been perceived as too rigorous and requiring excessive financial and manpower investment. The sponsoring company, Wolfson Maintenance (WM), identified a market opportunity in that a simple cost effective method of analysing maintenance performance did not exist. They developed a process called Review of Equipment Maintenance (REM), which utilises Failure Mode & Effects Criticality Analysis (FMECA) techniques to gather together the knowledge gained through the application of an existing maintenance plan. This process has had notable success in a number of applications but WM feel that because of its lack of structure it has not reached its full potential consequently, this project was proposed to research and formalise the REM process.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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