Scheduling Asset Maintenance and Technology Insertions

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This chapter presents a methodology that has been developed to assist in the planning, scheduling and outsourcing associated with maintenance and service contracting of complex engineering systems. The methodology is based on the delay-time modelling concept and can be used to construct and specify a model of the failure and inspection maintenance processes for a given system or asset. The resulting process model can be used for optimising the maintenance service interval with respect to a number of different criteria including system cost, downtime, availability or reliability. It also caters for a number of analytical scheduling options. Most notably, the model can be used to determine the optimal inspection interval for multiple types of maintenance and service, and can also be used for validatory purposes or to improve the actual maintenance processes. This chapter also discusses the application of the methodology in the context of fixed service life contracts and the potential for incorporating technology insertion processes over time in the modelling process. The model developed can be programmed into a software package to facilitate the actual use of the methodology. The chapter concludes with some simple examples to demonstrate the concepts.


Maintenance Policy Maintenance Service Service Interval Inspection Interval Inspection Service 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Salford Business SchoolUniversity of SalfordSalfordUK
  2. 2.School of Economics and ManagementUniversity of Science and TechnologyBeijingChina
  3. 3.School of MedicineThe University of ManchesterManchesterUK

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