Maintenance Strategy
by Anthony Kelly, Ph.D., 320pp., 1997, ISBN: 0750644486

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     Devising optimal strategy for maintaining industrial plant can be a difficult task of daunting complexity.

This book aims to provide the plant engineer with a comprehensive and systematic approach, a framework of guidelines, for tackling this problem, i.e. for deciding maintenance objectives, formulating equipment life plans and plant maintenance schedules, designing the maintenance organization and setting up appropriate systems of documentation and control.

The author, Anthony Kelly, an experienced international consultant and lecturer on this subject, calls his approach BUSINESS-CENTERED MAINTENANCE (BCM) because it springs from, and is driven by, the identification of business objectives, which are then translated into maintenance objectives and which underpin the maintenance strategy formulation.

For the first time maintenance management is analyzed from the perspective of the whole company and thus makes sense not only technologically but also in economic and business terms.

     Chapter 1 takes the systems view of a company and explains that the maintenance sub-system influences - and is influenced by - many other sub-systems. It emphasizes that the capital asset management function has a major effect on the maintenance department via its concern for asset reliability and maintainability and also that, as regards organization design, the maintenance and production departments are inseparable.

Chapter 2 looks at the influence of capital asset acquisition policy on maintenance life cycle costs.

Via an industrial case study, Chapter 3 then develops the overall methodology of BCM.

Chapter 4 shows how an industrial plant can be modeled as a hierarchy of inter-related parts and also as a process flow.

Chapters 5 and 6 then explain how statistical techniques can be used, firstly to model patterns of component failure and quantify component reliability, and secondly to model and assess the reliability of plant systems. As well as showing how business needs determine the development of maintenance objectives.

Chapter 7 also outlines a hierarchy of such objectives.

Chapter 8 then deals with what is probably the key issue in this area, via preventive maintenance decision making, discussing the concepts and principles involved and their application to the formulation of a life-plan for a unit of plant.

Chapter 9 outlines the unique TDBU approach to formulating a preventive maintenance schedule for a plant and Chapter 10 then describes a reliability-based model for controlling the application of maintenance effort.

To further illuminate the ideas which have been discussed up to that point, and to reinforce understanding of them, Chapters 11 and 12 present various contrasting industrial case studies and exercises.

Finally, Chapters 13, 14 and 15 firstly review the merits and limitations of the two other basic philosophies of maintenance strategy formulation, via Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) and Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) and then compare and contrast them with BCM.

About the Author: Anthony Kelly PhD
Visiting Professor at Central Queensland University, Australia, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa and Hogskolen I Stavanger, Norway
Dr. Anthony Kelly is a maintenance consultant of many years' experience. He has carried out more than sixty major maintenance consultancy projects worldwide and over the last fifteen years he has also held industrial or visiting professorships at Central Queensland University (Australia), University of Stellenbosch (South Africa) and Hogskolen I Stavanger (Norway).

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