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Maintaining assets in europe (umbrella: generates projects, but does not carry out r&d)

Set up a communication network to help industry initiate
eureka proposals to improve maintenance. Subjects will cover
the r & d needed to enable efficient maintenance techniques
and strategies to be developed, tested and implemented.

To set up a communication network to help industry initiate EUREKA project proposals to improve maintenance. Project subjects will cover the R & D needed to enable efficient maintenance techniques and strategies to be developed, tested and implemented. MAINE has as its focus the technologies concerned with the maintenance of capital equipment. Maintenance is broadly defined as the process of achieving optimum levels of availability and performance of such facilities and minimising their life-cycle costs. Substantial resources are applied to maintenance across Europe and the potential benefits from increasing the efficiency of this process are similarly substantial. There is a large world market for tools designed to improve efficiency and the objective of MAINE is to help the formation of collaborative R & D projects within EUREKA which will contribute to more economic maintenance activities. Further aims are: - increasing the involvement of universities and industries in the training and updating of Maintenance professionals, as well as the dissemination of actual Maintenance awareness methodologies among SMEs, - stressing the links between Maintenance, Total Quality Control (TQC) and environmental issues. The MAINE network will consist of experts in each of the participating countries. Their role will be: - to inform organisations in their countries about EUREKA and the MAINE network, besides re-emphasising the economic importance of Maintenance issues as a key factor for industrial competitiveness; - to exchange information on collaborative project ideas originated by organisations in their countries; - to bring such project ideas to the attention of potential collaborators in their own countries. EUREKA project proposals resulting from the activities of this network of experts will enter the EUREKA mechanism in the normal way. The network will operate with minimal bureaucracy and fully in accordance with EUREKA principles. Co-operation with the EUROPEAN UNION will be continued through the responsible organisations in this area and with National Maintenance Associations, in order to spread MAINE principles and facilitate the development of new projects. MAINE does not have any "programme" objectives, nor will there be any attempt to select projects. Possible areas for projects may include: - design for reliability - predictive maintenance technologies - maintenance management technologies - software tools and Expert Systems - standards. All these could be applied to processes as well as products. In accordance with EUREKA principles it is for interested organisations to propose project ideas. There is no compulsion for them to make use of the MAINE network when searching for partners and it is offered to them solely as a service. It is open for them to use the basic EUREKA mechanism directly. During this one-year extension period, the success or otherwise of the MAINE umbrella to generate and successfully develop projects will be evaluated, together with an assessment of the possibility of linking or merging with other EUREKA umbrellas.
Project ID: 
693
Start date: 
01-06-1991
Project Duration: 
85months
Project costs: 
1 000 000.00€
Technological Area: 
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Market Area: 
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Raising the productivity and competitiveness of European businesses through technology. Boosting national economies on the international market, and strengthening the basis for sustainable prosperity and employment.