Effective Asset Management Tool Helps Underscore Crucial Role Of Maintenance Function In Platform Design, Operation

Two separate surveys on the motivation for outsourcing the maintenance function were recently held in The Netherlands; one (NIPO, 1994) addressing maintenance staff; another (Ernst & Young, 1998) asking for the opinion of executives. Click here to enlarge imageFig. 1 shows the wide disparity of their responses.The first category mainly valued the additional flexibility in terms of hiring-in specialist's skills and temporary workforce capacity. However, the representatives from the boardroom essentially challenged the existence of an in-house maintenance function by putting a heavy weighting on the non-core business aspects, the desired change-over from fixed to variable costs, and th...

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