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Life Cycle and Maintenance Management

In many cases life cycle and maintenance management concepts have historically grown within companies. A systematic basis and consistent alignment towards the company conditions and objectives are not always sufficiently developed.

Lebenszyklus- und Instandhaltungsmanagement –  MSE GmbH – Management-System-Experts

The ambition of a sustainably effective life cycle and maintenance management strategy (LC&M strategy) is to optimally align the deployment of resources with the company objectives. Thus, the waste of resources is widely prevented and as a consequence the economic situation and competitiveness of your company will be significantly improved.

Life cycle and maintenance strategy

A life cycle and maintenance concept that meets the requirements is based on a risk analysis. Meeting the requirements here refers to both the requirements within the company and the regulatory framework. The risk analysis identifies the risk contributions to adverse events and the associated impacts (economic impact, personal injuries etc.) of individual components and plant sections either

  • by means of a probabilistic evaluation analytically or
  • by expert estimate based on experience.

The results are mapped in a risk matrix, on the basis of which component-specific definitions of the LC&M strategy are derived. The LC&M strategy is closely related with

  • the spare-and-wear-parts stockage strategy and
  • the component-diagnostic strategy (integrity and functional diagnostics).

These four topics have to be integrally considered.

Based upon the risk assessment, the components are allocated to the following categories:

  • time-based/periodic
  • condition-based
  • corrective

In companies with technical equipment usually all three categories are relevant. A primary objective of the life cycle and maintenance management is to recognize at an early stage the point of time from which the life cycle cost exceed the replacement cost (net present value analysis).

Implementation of a life cycle and maintenance management system within your organization

The implementation of a life cycle and maintenance concept that meets the requirements is carried out in two stages.

1. Concept phase

In collaboration with authorized staff of your company we define the basic objectives. The second step comprises the analysis and documentation of the current situation. In the third step, the target concept is defined in detail.

2. Implementation phase

During the implementation phase the impact of the target concept on your organization (processes, structures), your staff as well as on the stakeholders, such as authorities, suppliers and customers, is defined and transferred to the relevant processes and corresponding documentations.

Both phases are accompanied by a communication concept aimed at achieving a better understanding and acceptance of the changes within the staff at an early stage and, thus, supporting their active participation. This integrated procedure is the precondition for the sustainability of changes.

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