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Maintenance evaluation by linked and integrated simulation in sawmills (MELISSA)

This project provides the tools to assist sawmills in optimizing of maintenance policies. The work has been carried out in the BRITE EURAM III - CRAFT project : MELISSA. This project is aimed at developing decision making means to optimize sawmill maintenance strategy for maximum cost-effectiveness.

The MELISSA (Maintenance Evaluation by Linked and Integrated Simulation in Sawmills) project is funded by the Commission of the European Communities which gives SMEs an opportunity to obtain support for technological innovation through research and technological development programs.

This project presents the development tools to help choose the most appropriate maintenance policies in a sawmill. A consortium of ten European sawmills (SMES) worked to-ether to adapt a Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) approach linked with the simulation of the production flow and maintenance costs. This linkage is an entirely innovative approach to the development of RCM. This approach has proved to be an efficient method of capitalizing know-how in maintenance.

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