Title: Developing a value stream map to evaluate breakdown maintenance operations

Authors: Rapinder Sawhney, Soundararajan Kannan, Xueping Li

Addresses: Department of Industrial and Information Engineering, University of Tennessee, 416 East Stadium Hall, Knoxville, TN 37996, USA. ' Department of Industrial and Information Engineering, University of Tennessee, 416 East Stadium Hall, Knoxville, TN 37996, USA. ' Department of Industrial and Information Engineering, University of Tennessee, 416 East Stadium Hall, Knoxville, TN 37996, USA

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.

Keywords: lean manufacturing; maintenance management; VSM; value stream mapping; breakdown maintenance activities.

DOI: 10.1504/IJISE.2009.023539

International Journal of Industrial and Systems Engineering, 2009 Vol.4 No.3, pp.229 - 240

Available online: 27 Feb 2009 *

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