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Design for Maintenance Operations
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In the course of “Design for Maintenance Operations” we show the importance of the planning phase of the capital asset, for improving the reliability and safety of capital assets and thereby an ensuring smooth introduction. Design for Maintenance is a discipline that has become increasingly important in recent years. In the capital-intensive industry, maintenance expenditures can raise in price several times compared to the initial investment. In order to stay competitive in their business, owners and users of these capital assets take into account the total life cycle cost at investment and the decisions renewal for their installations. Therefore, this interdisciplinary way of thinking in terms of life cycle performance gets special attention in the research and education programmes.
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About This Course


The aims of the course are to provide to the students the tools to:
  • Understand the main objectives of Design and for Maintenance and Design for Safety;
  • Show the need for a multi-stakeholder perspective Operations, Maintenance and Engineering;
  • Analyze how to improve from a multi-disciplinary perspective the design and the preparation phase;
  • Apply concepts especially with regard to serviceability, maintainability and safety in different assignments (HAZOP/FMEA assignments);
  • Get insights and awareness about the relationships between decisions in Asset (life-cycle) management, Maintenance and Operations by actively participating in a serious game session.


The course fits with the competence profiles of Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Design Engineering, giving to the students the opportunity to learn how to improve the design and a smooth introduction to the maintenance operation of capital assets according to theory and practice from different fields [Safety Engineering, Design for Maintenance, Reliability Engineering, Service logistics, Asset (Life Cycle) Management and Organizational Design]. Furthermore, the course will give an inside view of the complex working of modern industrial organizations. The presented cases study and material make the course practical-oriented and close related to industry. In the course of “Design for Maintenance Operations” we show the importance of the planning phase of the capital asset, for improving the reliability and safety of the capital asset and thereby an ensuring smooth introduction. From another point of view, risk analysis, including safety aspects, since the initial phase of the activity, leads to obvious advantages in terms of effectiveness of the outcome and cheapness of the intervention.

It is clear that the quality, in terms of compliance to the expected requirements and performance, has to be taken into account. During the course, we refer to other specialized courses in which some of the analyses and problems are discussed more in detail (e.g., risk analysis, life cycle assessment).


Basics of linear programming / Basics of probability theory and statistics.

Course Staff

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Dr. Alberto Martinetti, Assistant Professor in Maintenance Engineering

Alberto Martinetti (1985) is an assistant professor in the chair of Maintenance Engineering within the department of Design, Production and Management. He is a member of the maintenance research centre TIME - Twente is Maintenance Excellence. He has worked for the Polytechnic of Turin and for the University of Turin. He holds a Master’s degree in Geo-resources and Geo-technologies Engineering and a PhD degree in Environmental and Land / Safety and Health at the Polytechnic of Turin in the 2013 on the Prevention through Design approach in mining activities.

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