The full text of this article


Developing a value stream map to evaluate breakdown maintenance operations
by Rapinder Sawhney, Soundararajan Kannan, Xueping Li
International Journal of Industrial and Systems Engineering (IJISE), Vol. 4, No. 3, 2009


Abstract: Maintenance management has found new vigor and purpose to increase equipment capacity and capability due to increasing focus on lean manufacturing (lean) in today's competitive environment. Tremendous efforts have been made to develop different types of maintenance strategies for enhancing the performance of equipment but nothing has been done to actually streamline Breakdown Maintenance Activities (BMA). This refers to systematically evaluating the Non-Value Added (NVA) activities within BM. The primary lean tool that provides insights on identifying and analysing NVA activities is Value Stream Mapping (VSM). However, traditional VSM cannot be utilised 'as is' because the BMA do not completely correspond with VSM terminology. Therefore, this paper develops a VSM to evaluate BM operations.

Online publication date: Fri, 27-Feb-2009


is only available to individual subscribers or to users at subscribing institutions.

Existing subscribers:
Go to Inderscience Online Journals to access the Full Text of this article.

Pay per view:
If you are not a subscriber and you just want to read the full contents of this article, buy online access here.

Complimentary Subscribers, Editors or Members of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Industrial and Systems Engineering (IJISE):
Login with your Inderscience username and password:


    Username:        Password:         

Forgotten your password?

Want to subscribe?
A subscription gives you complete access to all articles in the current issue, as well as to all articles in the previous three years (where applicable). See our Orders page to subscribe.

If you still need assistance, please email