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The IUP Journal of Mechanical Engineering
A Proposed Framework for Computerized Maintenance Management System for a Power Plant
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The paper deals with a framework for Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) for a power plant. The manual for maintenance of data and information becomes very difficult and tiresome and consumes time while retrieving. Using application software for this purpose leads to efficient planning and control of the maintenance aspects. The application software has been developed using Microsoft Visual Studio.NET as the front end user interface and Structured Query Language (SQL) as the back end database. The application software contains various modules such as equipment, task allotment, safety records, staff details and condition monitoring. This CMMS aims at lowering the effective downtime, frequency of failures and overall maintenance cost to improve maintenance policies and machine life.

 
 

Maintenance is one of the most crucial areas of industrial organizations, which, when neglected, leads to frequent breakdowns, costly repairs and fast deterioration of valuable equipment, besides causing incalculable loss to production (Gupta and Tewari, 2007). Still it is a low priority when it comes to attention from data processing (Wilder and Cannon, 1993). Work on maintenance systems is not usually viewed as mission criteria. In the earlier stages of the industrial growth, the maintenance of the equipment used to be given attention only when the equipment suffered breakdowns as a result of some minor or major faults. Such breakdowns not only resulted in a serious production holdup but also used to upset the production flow of the industry where the other equipment also had to stand idle (Halawani and Burhanuddin, 2010). Nowadays, with the improvement of technology, moving towards automation and using machines for human work has speeded up, hence maintenance has become more important than ever (Carnero, 2006). Maintenance refers to keeping equipment at an acceptable level of performance or getting broken equipment to the production cycle (Gupta and Tewari, 2006).