International Journal of Production Economics vol:121 issue:2 pages:633-640
In the changing and increasingly competitive industrial arena, companies are striving towards world-class competitiveness. This also puts maintenance under increasing pressure to improve, e.g., availability and reliability of production facilities, and to reduce cost and waste. With the introduction of Reliability-Centred Maintenance, Total Productive Maintenance, Business-Centred Maintenance and other concepts, maintenance already evolved a lot during the last decades. However, the resource intensiveness of these concepts and their validity for only a special class of equipment make a more general framework for maintenance concept development necessary. Such a general framework should provide decision guidelines about the focus of the maintenance concept, how to select the right maintenance policies and finally how to implement them.
The CIBOCOF framework described in this paper is the result of several years of research (doctoral research in co-operation with industry) and can be used to develop a customized maintenance concept in a specific company. Specific and new to this framework is that the optimization problem of maintenance is also taken into account. As such, Models described in literature finally find a way to practice, and the gap between theory and practice is closed a little bit in this paper; the framework is presented and illustrated by means of a case study.