Autonomous maintenance preparation system design with axioms

Suleyman Muftuoglu*, Emre Cevikcan, Bulent Durmusoglu

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to support total productive maintenance implementers by providing a roadmap for autonomous maintenance (AM) preparation phase. Design/methodology/approach: The authors use the axiomatic design (AD) methodology with lean philosophy as a paradigm. Findings: This is an exploratory research to find the most important factors in AM preparation phase. A decoupled AD design ensures an effective usage of training within industry (TWI) and the introduction of standardized work (SW). TWI provides value in importance it assigns to leaders, with its “train the trainers” approach and in preparing a training program. Besides being an effective training method, TWI job instruction (TWI JI) provides needed information infrastructure to front load operators SW and equipment trainings. Research limitations/implications: Although AD, TWI and lean artifacts are generally field proven, the research is limited due to the lack of an industrial application. Practical implications: In many real-life projects, companies do not know where to start and how to proceed, which leads to costly iterations. The proposed roadmap minimizes iterations and increases the chance of project success. Originality/value: The authors apply AD for the first time to AM preparation phase despite it is used in the analysis of lean manufacturing. AD permits to structure holistically the most relevant lean manufacturing solutions to obtain a risk free roadmap. TWI has emerged as a training infrastructure; TWI JI-based operator SW training and the adaptation of JI structure to equipment training are original additions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)460-480
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 5 Apr 2023

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  • Lean manufacturing
  • System design
  • TPM implementation initiatives
  • Total productive maintenance
  • Training


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