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International Journal of Applied Research in Mechanical Engineering

Abstract

An optimal maintenance strategy is a key support to production in the manufacturing industry. This paper present a fuzzy approach based on Multi-Criteria Decision-Making (MCDM) methodology for selecting the optimal maintenance alternative. In the present work the criticality of each equipment is achieved by ranking (based on production loss).It is very difficult to quantify the qualitative factors in exact numerical value. These factors can be expressed in the linguistics terms which can be translated into mathematical measures by using fuzzy sets & system theory. The study problem to develop a fuzzy decision approach to rank the suitable maintenance alternative. The objective of this paper is to propose fuzzy frame work based on fuzzy number theory to solve optimal maintenance alternative which includes decision criteria analysis, weight assessment & decision model development. The approach can aid formulating a cost-effective maintenance strategy for a manufacturing plant.

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