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Title: Maintenance strategy design in a sintering plant based on a multicriteria approach

Authors: Gianpaolo Di Bona; Antonio Forcina; Domenico Falcone

Addresses: Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, Via Di Biasio, 43, Cassino, Italy ' Department of Engineering, University of Naples 'Parthenope', Centro Direzionale, Isola C4, Naples, Italy ' Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering, University of Cassino and Southern Lazio, Via Di Biasio, 43, Cassino, Italy

Abstract: Maintenance strategy design greatly contributes to ensure the pre-established production capacity of an industrial system and to reduce organisation cost, without compromising customer satisfaction resulting in loss of market share. The focus of the present research is a new model for maintenance policy developed and implemented in a case study. The new approach is focused on the adequate distribution of maintenance budget to system units according to the main factors determining availability and maintenance of equipment. These factors are summarised through appropriate indices, adjusted through a multicriteria method, the analytic hierarchy process (AHP), depending on the importance level of each considered factor and unit of the system. The results can be used as a support for allocation of budgets to maintenance activities, identifying machines or units that are strategic to ensure production. The model has been applied on a real industrial plant.

Keywords: design of maintenance; budgets allocation; failure analysis; analytic hierarchy process; AHP.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMDM.2018.088816

International Journal of Management and Decision Making, 2018 Vol.17 No.1, pp.29 - 49

Available online: 14 Dec 2017 *

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