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The primary objective of equipment maintenance programmes is to preserve system functions in a cost‐effective manner. Surveys a wide variety of techniques commonly used to monitor the condition of mechanical systems. Reviews some of the decision models designed to address this type of...
Investigates the use of a genetic‐algorithm program for analysing the optimal opportunity‐based maintenance problem for real‐sized systems. Analyses the performance of the genetic operators with a generation replacement genetic algorithm, using a hypothetical system consisting of 50...
Maintenance control plays a key role in achieving the stated objective of effectiveness and efficiency of the maintenance system. In a recent paper, Gits proposed a reference framework that guides in the design and structuring of maintenance control. The framework is conceptual in nature and its...
Describes the ongoing development of a Petri‐Net‐based machine tool failure diagnosis system. The described system incorporates condition monitoring systems and expert system‐based diagnostic tools. Brings these together with the Petri‐Net monitoring system to form an integrated fault...
Presents the concept of outsourcing as a means for achieving strategic advantages. Describes the process of outsourcing and provides a practical approach which uses six steps. The six‐steps approach described provides a framework to outsourcing in a systematic way by addressing key issues...
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