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Improving maintenance work flow processes in a volatile assembly factory environment : maintenance people and processes, spares inventory, and equipment reliability

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dc.contributor.advisor Thomas W. Eagar and Roy E. Welsch. en_US
dc.contributor.author Chase, H. Ryan (Harold Ryan) en_US
dc.contributor.other Leaders for Manufacturing Program. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2006-11-08T16:46:04Z
dc.date.available 2006-11-08T16:46:04Z
dc.date.copyright 2005 en_US
dc.date.issued 2005 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1721.1/34832
dc.description Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering; and, (M.B.A.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management; in conjunction with the Leaders for Manufacturing Program at MIT, 2005. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 44). en_US
dc.description.abstract Many manufacturing companies face significant challenges in maintaining their factory equipment in a cost efficient manner so as to provide reliable production capacity. CEI (Consumer Electronics, Inc., a pseudonym for an electronics marketing, sales, and assembly company that this work is based on) is no exception. The factory maintenance organization at CEI, similar to many other companies, had been relegated to the status of necessary evil, a cost center that was necessary but not always effective or efficient. Historically, the maintenance organization had been almost entirely reactive in its approach to maintenance. This study reviews many ideas for how CEI could, consistent with management objectives, become more proactive in its approach to maintenance. This work presents an investigation into the work flow processes inherent in CEI's factory maintenance organization and suggests improvements to the processes and the software infrastructure to support those processes that might be appropriate. Specifically the reactive (emergency) and preventative maintenance work processes are analyzed and suggestions to improve data integrity and to improve communication are presented - providing the maintenance technicians with better information with which to do their jobs. en_US
dc.description.abstract (cont.) Improvements for factory spare parts management are also suggested describing how CEI could potentially improve its fill rate while holding significantly less inventory. The role of equipment analysis technology and materials analysis in predicting equipment reliability is also discussed. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by H. Ryan Chase. en_US
dc.format.extent 45 p. en_US
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dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
dc.rights M.I.T. theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from this source for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without written permission. See provided URL for inquiries about permission. en_US
dc.rights.uri http://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/7582
dc.subject Materials Science and Engineering. en_US
dc.subject Sloan School of Management. en_US
dc.subject Leaders for Manufacturing Program. en_US
dc.title Improving maintenance work flow processes in a volatile assembly factory environment : maintenance people and processes, spares inventory, and equipment reliability en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.degree M.B.A. en_US
dc.description.degree S.M. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering. en_US
dc.contributor.department Sloan School of Management. en_US
dc.contributor.department Leaders for Manufacturing Program. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 62709035 en_US


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