Maintenance practices of the manufacturing industry.

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In order to ensure that a manufacturing company is able to achieve the optimum productivity and equipment reliability, an effective maintenance system must be implemented. This research formulated the maintenance strategy which leads to the deployment strategy for the development of maintenance personnel in manufacturing companies. it is necessary to understand the current maintenance practice in manufacturing industries and to establish the extent to which companies invest in developing its maintenance teams through employee development. An effective maintenance requires an understanding of the link between the maintenance and the effective maintenance practices and the challenges practitioners face. As such, there is a need for empirical research on the maintenance practices strategy for the development of maintenance personnel incorporated within the company’s maintenance strategy. The commitment of top management plays very important role in the implementation of maintenance strategy; most of the problems encountered in maintaining the machines and equipment are closely related to the human aspects, that is, maintenance personnel; higher the utilization of proactive and aggressive maintenance, better the improvement of equipment availability that could be expected; by conducting an appropriate and good training implementation, a better improvement of equipment availability could be achieved, there is higher improvement of equipment availability in the company which uses in-house maintenance. This work explores the maintenance practices in selected companies from Kumasi, Accra, Tema and Takoradi registered with the Association of Ghana Industries. A questionnaire was designed and administered. It involved carrying out a postal-survey questionnaire which examined and analyzed the maintenance implementation and the nature of problems and difficulties faced by the maintenance personnel in performing their tasks and activities. Data collected was analyzed using the MS Excel and SPSS software packages. A comparative study has also been carried out, as well as the correlation between variables measured which relate to the performance of the company.
A thesis submitted to the Department of Construction Technology and Management,Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the Award Degree of Master of Science in Project Management.
Maintenance, practices, manufacturing industry