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Journal of Industrial Engineering
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 278546, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/278546
Research Article

Analysis and Scheduling of Maintenance Operations for a Chain of Gas Stations

Kuwait University, College of Engineering and Petroleum, P.O. Box 5969, 13060 Safat, Kuwait

Received 6 November 2012; Revised 2 February 2013; Accepted 3 February 2013

Academic Editor: Anis Chelbi

Copyright © 2013 Mehmet Savsar. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Maintenance is one of the central issues in operational activities, which involve any type of equipment. In this paper we have considered analysis, modeling, and scheduling of preventive maintenance operations for fuel dispensers in a chain of gas stations. A gas station company with more than 570 dispensers in more than 40 stations is considered and the maintenance problem is studied in detail. Operations research tools, including maintenance models and linear programming, were used to establish optimum schedules for preventive maintenance operations. Detailed cost analyses were carried out to determine feasibility of the proposed preventive maintenance schedules. Models and procedures presented in this paper could guide operation engineers and maintenance managers in solving similar problems for operational improvements.