First Advisor

McKenzie, Tim


College for Professional Studies

Degree Name

MS Computer and Information Technology


School of Computer & Information Science

Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

123 pages


This project proposes a technical solution to create a proactive approach to industrial equipment maintenance for a large paper manufacturing facility. The traditional method for scheduling maintenance on manufacturing equipment uses a reactive approach. Reactive maintenance essentially means to perform repairs on equipment after failure has occurred; the process of these repairs begins by acquiring needed replacement part(s) utilizing a SAP (Systems Applications Products) system for authorization and ordering. Actual repairs are carried out by craftsmen based on their general knowledge of a specific trade and any previous experience concerning the failed equipment. The part(s) order through the SAP system must be cross referenced to a storeroom catalog to obtain required serial numbers associated with specific parts; this is a time consuming procedure which adds considerable downtime to the equipment in need of repair. This reactive approach to equipment repair results in a loss of equipment availability, component damage, and inefficient use of maintenance resources. The goal of this project is to produce a prototype of a software system that will demonstrate the ability to increase equipment availability by utilizing a proactive approach to industrial maintenance. The prototype will include an equipment specific monitoring system, and a relational database system for storing equipment information.

Date of Award

Spring 2005

Location (Creation)

Denver, Colorado

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