oa Journal of Transport and Supply Chain Management - Preventative maintenance of straddle carriers : original research
Background: Robotic vehicles such as straddle carriers represent a popular form of cargo handling amongst container terminal operators.
Objectives: The purpose of this industry-driven study is to model preventative maintenance (PM) influences on the operational effectiveness of straddle carriers.
Method: The study employs historical data consisting of 21 273 work orders covering a 27-month period. Two models are developed, both of which forecast influences of PM regimes for different types of carrier.
Results: The findings of the study suggest that the reliability of the straddle fleet decreases with increased intervals of PM services. The study also finds that three factors - namely resources, number of new straddles, and the number of new lifting work centres - influence the performances of straddles.
Conclusion: The authors argue that this collaborative research exercise makes a significant contribution to existing supply chain management literature, particularly in the area of operations efficiency. The study also serves as an avenue to enhance relevant management practice.
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