Lean thinking for a maintenance process

Sherif Mostafa, Sang Heon Lee, Jantanee Dumrak, Nicholas Chileshe, Hassan Soltan

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The maintenance process shares significant operating costs in an organisation. Lean thinking can be incorporated into maintenance activities through applying its principles and practices/tools. Lean maintenance (LM) is a prerequisite for lean manufacturing systems. This research proposes a new structure for LM process based on a systematic literature review of a significant number of related articles that were published on LM. The process structure is designed based on the five lean principles to guide and support organisations to pursue maintenance excellence. This study establishes a scheme for LM tools that are structured into 2 level 4 bundles and 26 lean practices/tools and develops a House of Waste (HoW) to demonstrate the association between maintenance wastes and the LM tools. With a successful accomplishment of the proposed scheme, the performance of a maintenance department can create more improvement opportunities over time to reach the maintenance excellence status.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)236-272
Number of pages37
JournalProduction and Manufacturing Research
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • House of Waste (HoW)
  • lean maintenance
  • lean maintenance tools
  • maintenance wastes and value stream mapping
  • total productive maintenance (TPM)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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