June 10, 2013

Redifining maintenance

Many organizations utilize maintenance approaches such as TPM, RCM and PM. However, some organizations started to look for radical improvements to support production and operations. This was achieved by following an approach known as preventing maintenance. Although this is developed by equipment manufacturers, some companies that has world wide production and others that require optimum operations and asset availability work along sides with their suppliers to develop this function. This focuses on increasing components reliability and expected life. A typical example is in the automotive industry, some older cars require a check every 5,000KM while new designed cars can go up to 30,000KM.

This provides the asset user with more space for utilization leading to more effective operations and lower total cost of ownership. This can be worked on by a company provided products or by developing suppliers of core business assets.

This maintenance prevention approach is applicable to my job. One of the most maintenance demanding components is the motion system hydraulic servo-actuators. It would be very beneficial for the department operations to work with the simulator manufacturer in developing an electrical servo-actuators. Some design techniques such as NPD and DFSS can be incorporated as well. achieving this goal can reduce maintenance tasks by around 35% leading to a lower ownership cost and more availability of the device.


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