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Materials 2018, 11(8), 1346; https://doi.org/10.3390/ma11081346

Design and Simulation of Production and Maintenance Management Applying the Viable System Model: The Case of an OEM Plant

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Department of Construction and Fabrication Engineering, National Distance Education University (UNED), 42005 Soria, Spain
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Department of Construction and Fabrication Engineering, National Distance Education University (UNED), 28015 Madrid, Spain
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Received: 2 July 2018 / Revised: 29 July 2018 / Accepted: 31 July 2018 / Published: 3 August 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Special Issue of the Manufacturing Engineering Society (MES))
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Designing, changing and adapting organizations to secure viability is challenging for manufacturing companies. Researchers often fail to holistically design or transform production systems. Reasons are often the conflict of interests between production and maintenance, the temporal divergence of their activities and their organizational structure. Thus, the aim of this study is to propose a holistic approach of how production and maintenance can be designed, changed or managed. Hereby, the Viable System Model was applied. This structure can be applied to any kind of structured organization and for its management with goals to be achieved in modern society; however, focus of the research is the coordination of production and maintenance management. The goal of the developed model is to be able to react to some potential production environments by taking coordinated decisions correctly and in the right moment based on the needed information. To ensure this, standardized communication channels were defined. In conclusion, this proposed approach enables production systems to have internal mechanisms to secure viability depending on all potential environment scenarios. View Full-Text
Keywords: cybernetics; system dynamics; production management; maintenance management; Viable System Model; automotive industry cybernetics; system dynamics; production management; maintenance management; Viable System Model; automotive industry
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Gallego García, S.; García García, M. Design and Simulation of Production and Maintenance Management Applying the Viable System Model: The Case of an OEM Plant. Materials 2018, 11, 1346.

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