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Conference/Workshop Paper


Proceedings of the 21th international congress on Condition Monitoring and Diagnostic Engineering Manangement


Czech Society for Non-Destructive Testing


While the process industry has developed a strategic view of its maintenance activities and regards maintenance as a profit centre, the discrete units manufacturing industry still in many cases view maintenance as a cost driver. However, with the automotive industry as a driving force, the manufacturing industry is beginning to view maintenance as a strategic asset. Still, though, many companies have no formulated maintenance strategy. The aim of this paper is to exemplify what factors manufacturing companies consider important when formulating their maintenance strategies. As a base for this, a case study has been performed in which interviews have been conducted in six companies to find out what factors they consider to be of strategic importance for their maintenance. The results from the interviews are then analyzed and discussed in the light of some previously presented studies on the topic of maintenance strategies. The findings of the study indicate that some factors, e.g., financial considerations and spare parts handling are common for the studied companies, while others, e.g., workforce and technological level are company specific. The company specific factors may depend on contextual factors such as branch and/or company size. But which factors the companies regard as strategically important seems to depend also on the managers’ knowledge in maintenance management and maintenance technology.


author = {Antti Salonen},
pages = {405--413},
month = {June},
year = {2008},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 21th international congress on Condition Monitoring and Diagnostic Engineering Manangement},
publisher = {Czech Society for Non-Destructive Testing},
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