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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2014, Article ID 132140, 11 pages
Research Article

A Framework to Determine the Effectiveness of Maintenance Strategies Lean Thinking Approach

1Faculty of Management and Accounting, Islamic Azad University, Qazvin Branch, Qazvin, Iran
2Department of Management, University of Isfahan, Iran
3Islamic Azad University, South Tehran Branch, Tehran, Iran

Received 26 March 2014; Accepted 6 June 2014; Published 10 July 2014

Academic Editor: M. Chadli

Copyright © 2014 Alireza Irajpour et al. 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.


The purpose of this paper is to provide a framework that can identify and evaluate the effectiveness of a given maintenance strategy and to rank components of maintenance system. The framework is developed using DEMATEL method on maintenance strategy as a guideline. To gain a richer understanding of the framework, a questionnaire is constructed and answered by experts. Then the DEMATEL method is applied to analyze the importance of criteria and the casual relations among the criteria are constructed. The scope of the paper is limited to performance measurement of maintenance strategies. It is found that the framework is applicable and useful for the strategic management of the maintenance function. It is observed that the influencing and preferred infrastructures for designing Learning and Training are three components, that is, optimal maintenance, CMMS, and RCM which are interdependent on each other and are the fundamental components to realize the designed goals of maintenance process. This paper provides an overview of research and developments in the measurement of maintenance performance. Many tools and techniques have been developed in other fields. However, the applicability of those tools to maintenance function has never been tried. In that respect this topic is novel. It helps in managing maintenance more effectively.