Title: A review of the three most popular maintenance systems: how well is the energy sector represented?

Authors: Kym Fraser; Hans-Henrik Hvolby; Chihiro Watanabe

Addresses: School of Advanced Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering, University of South Australia, Mawson Lakes SA 5095, Australia. ' Centre for Logistics, Aalborg University, Fibigerstraede 16, DK 9220 Aalborg, Denmark. ' Department of Industrial Management, Tokyo Seitoku University, 1-7-13 Jijodai Kita-ku, Tokyo 114-0033, Japan

Abstract: A recent review of maintenance literature found that total productive maintenance (TPM), reliability-centred maintenance (RCM), and condition-based maintenance (CBM) were the most popular maintenance management models discussed in academic journals. In this paper, a comprehensive review of these three models is undertaken to identify empirical 'real world' examples of each model being used in industry. Further analysis is provided in the form of authors origin, research method, study country, sector and industry. The paper provides practitioners with a breakdown of the practical applications for each model in industry today, and academics, a point-of-reference for further empirical research efforts. For practitioners seeking to expand their knowledge of a particular model or how a maintenance management model may fit an organisation, listed references have been chosen for their practical links to present day organisations. In regards to the energy sector the review identified a number of power plants with RCM being the dominate maintenance model. In addition, the paper provides readers with a detailed description of the three models reviewed.

Keywords: total productive maintenance; TPM; reliability-centred maintenance; RCM; condition-based maintenance; CBM; energy sector; literature review.

DOI: 10.1504/IJGEI.2011.045024

International Journal of Global Energy Issues, 2011 Vol.35 No.2/3/4, pp.287 - 309

Accepted: 14 Jun 2011
Published online: 21 Jan 2012 *

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