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An Identification of the Enabling Factors for the Development of a Unified Approach to Maintenance Strategy Development within the Automotive Supply Chain

Dixon, Derek, Baglee, David, Robson, Kenneth and Sharma, Pankaj (2016) An Identification of the Enabling Factors for the Development of a Unified Approach to Maintenance Strategy Development within the Automotive Supply Chain. In: InCoME 2016, 30-31 Aug 2016, University of Manchester.

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The maintenance of modern production equipment has become an increasingly important and complex activity – particularly within the automotive supply chain. Tier-1 suppliers need a world-class manufacturing infrastructure to remain competitive, and therefore a matching maintenance strategy to support their operations. The opportunity exists for many automotive Tier 1, and potentially Tier 2 suppliers, to see substantial improvements to their competitiveness and profitability by improving their maintenance performance within an industry where research has shown modern maintenance practices are, at best, limited. Other Industrial sectors have a different performance profile in terms of maintenance. For example, aerospace production and their supply chain companies are seen to be ‘high achievers’ in maintenance. Part of the reason for these differences is the ability, within an individual sector, to identify the cost benefits of improving maintenance performance, as well as other drivers – such as health and safety, or regulatory requirements. The adoption of modern maintenance practices within the automotive industry is often led by available budgets and the absence of any strategic vision. This paper will present a review of the literature regarding manufacturing and
Proceedings of 1st International Conference on
Maintenance Engineering, IncoME-I 2016
The University of Manchester, UK
Paper No ME2016_1110
maintenance practices within two industrial sectors, automotive and aerospace. In addition, the paper will identify the need for the development of a unified approach to maintenance which could be suited to automotive Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers.

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Additional Information: Journal of Maintenance Engineering, vol 1, pp 67-80 ISBN 978-1-911090-39-7 Shieldcrest Publishing
Depositing User: Barry Hall


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ORCID for Derek Dixon: ORCID iD
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Date Deposited: 02 Sep 2016 13:17
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2019 15:39


Author: Derek Dixon ORCID iD
Author: David Baglee ORCID iD
Author: Kenneth Robson ORCID iD
Author: Pankaj Sharma

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Faculty of Technology > School of Engineering


Engineering > Automotive Engineering

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