|Coordinatore||POLITECNICO DI MILANO
address: PIAZZA LEONARDO DA VINCI 32
|Nazionalità Coordinatore||Italy [IT]|
|Totale costo||163˙800 €|
|EC contributo||163˙800 €|
Specific programme "People" implementing the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community for research, technological development and demonstration activities (2007 to 2013)
|Anno di inizio||2009|
|Periodo (anno-mese-giorno)||2009-01-01 - 2013-06-30|
POLITECNICO DI MILANO
address: PIAZZA LEONARDO DA VINCI 32
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'It is commonly recognized that maintenance management of industrial plants is an interdisciplinary topic. Design and improvement of maintenance management systems can be achieved only by considering all together different interconnected methodologies and technologies. When building a maintenance management system, one should deserve attention to multiple and heterogeneous issues, such as, e.g.: the ICT tools and platforms for maintenance and plant automation; machine diagnostics and prognostics; maintenance economics and planning, maintenance human resources, spare parts, etc… Due to the above mentioned situation, an international interdisciplinary working group, endorsed by well recognized scientific institutions, can be considered very important to overcome the “divide” situation among maintenance related disciplines and, in particular, to bring together, in the context of a collaborative scheme of research exchanges, the reciprocal knowledge. This project proposal is endorsed by four institutions, 3 EU partners and a Chilean partner, agreeing for a common exchange program built around the theme of Integrated Maintenance Planning (iMaPla). The exchange program aims to facilitate deployment of a collaborative scheme focused on the exchange of the knowledge required to develop methods, models, ICT tools for Integrated Maintenance Planning. The knowledge is provided complementarily by the members of the project consortium. The complementarities have been drawn out in accordance to a joint research vision, commonly shared by the partners at the moment of writing the proposal. The project will concern the exchange activities of PhD students, researchers and professors. The exchanges will enable the reciprocal transfer of knowledge between the members of the consortium and will be deployed by a set of various activities (integrated exchange programs, training in laboratories, lectures exchange program, workshops / seminars open also to external stakeholders).'
Four academic institutions have combined forces to develop new methodology for managing maintenance in industry and communicating the outcomes to stakeholders.
For industry to stay competitive, it needs strong maintenance management aimed at industrial plants. This is a priority that involves many disciplines such as information and communication technology (ICT), machine diagnostics, machine economics, management planning, human resources and much more.
The EU-funded project 'Integrated maintenance planning' (Imapla) is bringing together three EU academic institutions and one Chilean university to exchange knowledge and develop new methods in this respect.
Each partner is focusing on specific themes and decision making (DM) areas in maintenance management. One area is maintenance policy planning, based on reliability, availability analysis and lifecycle costing, as well as maintenance policy modelling and optimisation. Another is condition-based maintenance (CBM) and e-maintenance, focusing particularly on condition monitoring and prognosis. A third is maintenance resource planning with emphasis on spare parts inventory planning.
Exchange programmes, laboratory training, lectures, workshops and seminars have enabled intense knowledge transfer to support the project's objectives. In particular, PhD students and researchers have undertaken international exchanges to gain knowledge on research advances in maintenance. Researchers and professors have held courses, seminars and lectures to communicate the findings of the project so far and investigate related issues. Industrial tutoring was organised in Chile as well, ensuring that the project's results have an impact beyond Europe.
Moreover, a workshop on 'Maintenance and energy efficiency for sustainability: an academic and industrial point of view' was co-organised with M4SM (Maintenance for Sustainable Manufacturing), under the organisation Integrated Management Systems (IMS). This event targeted graduate and undergraduate students, as well as young researchers. Another workshop on Product and Asset Life Cycle Management (PALM) was mainly for PhD students and professors from various universities.
Joint publications emerging from the project have been presented at international conferences, while articles, books and teaching material are under preparation as well. This supports the position of Imapla as a formidable instrument to strengthen research partnerships and advances in the maintenance field. Innovation related to industrial maintenance will surely benefit, both in Europe and America.