Okwuobi, S.; Ishola, F.; Ajayi, O.; Salawu, E.; Aworinde, A.; Olatunji, O.; Akinlabi, S.A. A Reliability-Centered Maintenance Study for an Individual Section-Forming Machine. Machines2018, 6, 50.
Okwuobi, S.; Ishola, F.; Ajayi, O.; Salawu, E.; Aworinde, A.; Olatunji, O.; Akinlabi, S.A. A Reliability-Centered Maintenance Study for an Individual Section-Forming Machine. Machines 2018, 6, 50.
This study investigated the breakdown trend in an automated production with an aim to recommend the application of Reliability-centered maintenance (RCM) for an improved productivity via a new preventive maintenance (PM) program. Individual Section-forming machine (ISM): a glass blowing machine for making glass bottles was used as the case study of an automated production system. The machine parts and the working mechanisms were analysed with a special focus on methods of processes and procedures that will enable the ISM maintenance department run more effective and achieve its essential goal of ensuring effective machine operation and reducing machine downtime. In this work, information is provided on the steps and procedures to identify critical components of the ISM using Failure Modes and Effect Analysis (FMEA) as a tool to develop an optimal maintenance program based on the reliability data of the equipment’s functional components. A relationship was established between the failure rate of the machine components and the maintenance costs such that using the recommended PM program, an evidence of improvement in the machine’s availability, safety and cost-effectiveness will result into an increase in the company’s profit margin.
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