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An evaluation of maintenance policies for flexible manufacturing systems A case study

An evaluation of maintenance policies for flexible manufacturing systems A case study This paper presents the results of a case/simulation study that evaluated a number of potential maintenance policies for a flexible manufacturing system (FMS). Empirical data were used to structure the operation of the FMS, and to simulate its failures and repairs on the shop floor. Five maintenance policies – corrective, 30‐day preventive, 90‐day preventive, on‐failure opportunistic, and 30‐day opportunistic – were compared on four performance criteria: equipment utilization, machine downtime, through‐put, and average flow time. The “30‐day opportunistic” policy performed best overall, although the “corrective” policy was a close second, outperformed only in the area of equipment utilization. The “on‐failure opportunistic” policy performed poorly on every measure of system performance. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of Operations & Production Management Emerald Publishing

An evaluation of maintenance policies for flexible manufacturing systems A case study

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2000 MCB UP Ltd. All rights reserved.
ISSN
0144-3577
DOI
10.1108/01443570010319156
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Abstract

This paper presents the results of a case/simulation study that evaluated a number of potential maintenance policies for a flexible manufacturing system (FMS). Empirical data were used to structure the operation of the FMS, and to simulate its failures and repairs on the shop floor. Five maintenance policies – corrective, 30‐day preventive, 90‐day preventive, on‐failure opportunistic, and 30‐day opportunistic – were compared on four performance criteria: equipment utilization, machine downtime, through‐put, and average flow time. The “30‐day opportunistic” policy performed best overall, although the “corrective” policy was a close second, outperformed only in the area of equipment utilization. The “on‐failure opportunistic” policy performed poorly on every measure of system performance.

Journal

International Journal of Operations & Production ManagementEmerald Publishing

Published: Apr 1, 2000

Keywords: Flexible manufacturing systems; Preventive maintenance; Operations management

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