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Asset Management: A Maintenance Engineer's View

Volume 11, Number 2, March 2015 - Paper 6 - pp. 181-197


NedTrain Fleet Services
University of Twente, Faculty of Engineering Technology, Drienerlolaan 5, 7522 NB Enschede, NETHERLANDS

(Received on September 12, 2014, revised on October 17, and October 28, 2014)


In the past, assets were designed in large construction teams but companies in recent decades focus more and more on their core activities. The management of capital goods is being organized in the (supply) chain of owners, users, manufacturers, research institutes, IT, service providers and so on.

The complexity of modern systems (e.g., mechatronics) and sustainability issues have placed more pressure on cooperation: openness, interaction and stability in the relationship foster joint innovation in product, process and technology. Focus on opportunities rather than risks makes this cooperation successful.

With the operational processes in good shape it is to show where the technical characteristics of the assets fail. Technical “on the spot” support is important to develop understanding between the maintenance and the production organizations, and establishing a sense of urgency in their cooperation: first to analyse the actual fault behaviour of the equipment and to solve short-term problems and secondly to take structural measures.

In the coming years, real time monitoring facilitates maintenance with more accurate information than before. Proactive dynamic maintenance scheduling reduces the number of unexpected failures.


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