Date of Award


Document Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Engineering (Research)


College of Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. James Prendergast

Second Advisor

Professor Eamonn Murphy


Modern manufacturing is continually striving to ensure that products are made to higher levels of quality with faster lead times and at the lowest possible costs. Manufacturing production has never been more reliant on machines and automated processes than it is today. This thesis investigates the management philosophies that are in existence, which cater specifically for maintenance and maintenance related issues. Management philosophies such as Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM), Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), Profit Centred Maintenance (PCM), asset management (AM), Predictive Maintenance (PdM), Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) and World Class Maintenance (WCM) have increased company profits by drastically reducing maintenance costs. These philosophies have also been very instrumental in leading to improved product quality at much faster lead times instilling higher motivation in personnel leading to greater job satisfaction. The advances in computer technology in the seventies and eighties have led to the computer playing a central role in streamlining maintenance administration placing it as the tool most responsible for efficient maintenance management. Computer Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS’s) are now becoming the vehicle by which the management philosophies discussed above are becoming common practice in maintenance departments all over the world. This thesis documents the preparation necessary' to introduce a Computer Maintenance Management System into a medium sized manufacturing company and also analyses the benefits, which accrue from this implementation.


Project Supervisors:

Dr. James Prendergast, Institute Of Technology, Tralee.

Professor Eamonn Murphy, University Of Limerick.

Access Level


Included in

Manufacturing Commons