Effective Tool Maintenance Information Management

  • C. O’Brien
  • H. Schäfer
  • J. K. Bryant


This paper describes the impact of effective tool maintenance information management on the performance of an advanced manufacturing system. An information management tool is used to support a Group Technology system in the automotive industry, which operates under Just-in-Time conditions. The system is an Object-Oriented Program coded in C++ under MS-DOS and running on an Ethernet network under Novell Netware. Access to the system is via a company-wide LAN, such that data input and results distribution is highly localised and there is no data duplication. The direct savings expected by the company as a result of reduced maintenance requirements are in excess of £300,000 p.a. Considerable indirect benefits on the manufacturing environment are achieved due to increased tool service life, availability and reliability.


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© Department of Mechanical Engineering University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • C. O’Brien
    • 1
  • H. Schäfer
    • 1
  • J. K. Bryant
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Nottingham and Dunlop Cox LtdNottinghamUK

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