Keywords: total productive maintenance, TPM, reliability–centred maintenance, RCM, condition–based maintenance, CBM, energy sector, literature review
A review of the three most popular maintenance systems: how well is the energy sector represented?
A recent review of maintenance literature found that total productive maintenance (TPM), reliability–centred maintenance (RCM), and condition–based maintenance (CBM) were the most popular maintenance management models discussed in academic journals. In this paper, a comprehensive review of these three models is undertaken to identify empirical 'real world' examples of each model being used in industry. Further analysis is provided in the form of authors origin, research method, study country, sector and industry. The paper provides practitioners with a breakdown of the practical applications for each model in industry today, and academics, a point–of–reference for further empirical research efforts. For practitioners seeking to expand their knowledge of a particular model or how a maintenance management model may fit an organisation, listed references have been chosen for their practical links to present day organisations. In regards to the energy sector the review identified a number of power plants with RCM being the dominate maintenance model. In addition, the paper provides readers with a detailed description of the three models reviewed.