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Machines 2018, 6(4), 50; https://doi.org/10.3390/machines6040050

A Reliability-Centered Maintenance Study for an Individual Section-Forming Machine

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Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Lagos, Lagos 101017, Nigeria
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Department of Mechanical Engineering, Covenant University, Ota 112233, Nigeria
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Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg 2006, South Africa
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Received: 7 September 2018 / Revised: 11 October 2018 / Accepted: 23 October 2018 / Published: 26 October 2018
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Abstract

This study investigated the breakdown trend in an automated production with an aim to recommend the application of reliability-centered maintenance (RCM) for improved productivity via a new preventive maintenance (PM) program. An individual section-forming machine (ISM)—a glass blowing machine for making glass bottles—was used as the case study for an automated production system. The machine parts and the working mechanisms were analysed with a special focus on methods of processes and procedures. This will enable the ISM maintenance department to run more effectively and achieve its essential goal of ensuring effective machine operation and reduction in 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 come up with an optimal and efficient maintenance program using the reliability data of the equipment’s functional components. A relationship between the failure rate of the machine components and the maintenance costs was established such that using the recommended PM program demonstrates evidence of an improvement in the machine’s availability, safety, and cost-effectiveness and will result in an increase in the company’s profit margin. View Full-Text
Keywords: reliability centered maintenance (RCM); individual section-forming machine; failure analysis; risk analysis reliability centered maintenance (RCM); individual section-forming machine; failure analysis; risk analysis
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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.

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