Evaluating the effectiveness of machine acquisitions and design by the impact on maintenance cost – a case study
Paper in proceeding, 2020

Industry 4.0 and circular economy are paradigm shifts for the industry. More and more machines will be used and the capability to maintain the machines becomes vital. The maintainability of a machine is to a large extent set already in the design phase; the goal of this article is to use a case study to investigate the quality of the machine design from a maintenance perspective. The results show that maintenance cost is gradually increasing in the initial part of the machine life cycle, that the new machines have higher maintenance costs than the machines approaching end of life, and that design weakness is a significant contributor to the maintenance cost. To understand more clearly why, further research in knowledge management, complementary qualitative interviews and smart maintenance is suggested.

smart maintenance

industrial investment

industrial acquisition

circular economy

maintenance management


Malin Hane Hagström

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Product Development

Dag Henrik Bergsjö

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Product Development

Anders Skoogh

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Production Systems

Kanika Gandhi

Volvo Group


24058963 (eISSN)

Vol. 53 3 25-30

4th International-Federation-of-Automatic-Control (IFAC) Workshop on Advanced Maintenance Engineering, Services and Technologies (AMEST)
Cambridge, United Kingdom,

Subject Categories

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Driving Forces

Sustainable development

Areas of Advance




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