• Mahesh Pophaley Professor, Acropolis Technical Campus, Indore, (M.P.), India
  • Ram Krishna Vyas Professor, International Institute of Professional Studies, DAVV, Indore, (M.P.), India
Keywords: Maintenance, Six Sigma, DFSS, DMAIC, PACE


Today, only those companies which are capable of permanent and fast adaptation to quickly-changing conditions can survive. Six Sigma is at the top of the agenda for many manufacturing companies that try to reduce cost, process variability and improve productivity. In order for a company to remain competitive and maintain maximal efficiency and availability of all its plants and machinery, what is needed is an approach different from the traditional concept of doing plant maintenance. In this paper an attempt is made to investigate the gap between plant maintenance practices and Six Sigma approach that led us to suggest that there is a great deal of scope in the prescription of Six Sigma in maintenance theory. Further this paper explores the possibilities of enhancing the usefulness and effectiveness of plant maintenance practices by the integration with established Six Sigma Operation Techniques (SSOT). Thus to enhance maintenance deployment in manufacturing environments, a new roadmap for core maintenance professionals for integration has been proposed. The conclusion that can be drawn from this on going research is that, in order to reach its goals, the maintenance departments must implement Six Sigma program to change the way in which traditional practices employ at work for continual improvement of the maintenance function.

Author Biographies

Mahesh Pophaley, Professor, Acropolis Technical Campus, Indore, (M.P.), India

Mahesh Pophaley is currently working as Professor in Acropolis Technical Campus, Indore,

(M.P.), in Mechanical Engineering Department. Before embarking on his Ph.D. research, he

owned a rich industry experience of eight years as well as teaching experience of seven years in

engineering and management. He worked in various key positions and capacities in the

Engineering Department (Utility) of process and pharmaceutical Industries in India. His research

interests are in the field of Maintenance Engineering and management, Operations Management

and Research, Material Science and Engineering as well as Thermal Engineering. This diverse

field of interest resulted from his experience of working in industry as well as academia. He

completed his Ph.D. in faculty of Management at the International Institute of Professional

Studies, Davi Ahilya University (DAVV), Indore (M.P.), India. As part of his Ph.D. dissertation,

he studied the maintenance practices in Automobile Industries for performance monitoring and

diagnostics to drive continuous productivity improvement. Email: mahesh_pophaley@

Ram Krishna Vyas, Professor, International Institute of Professional Studies, DAVV, Indore, (M.P.), India

Ram Krishna Vyas obtained his Ph.D. from Devi Ahilya University, Indore (M.P.), India in

1992 in the field of Finance Management. Presently he is a Professor in Management at

International Institute of Professional Studies (IIPS), Devi Ahilya University, Indore. He has

three years of industrial experience as Industrial Engineer, eight and half years of banking

experience as Credit Officer and twenty two years of teaching experience. He is a recognised

guide for Ph.D. supervision with the Banasthali University, Rajsthan, also in the field of

management, and Counselor in Finance for IGNOU, India. He has Supervised 07 Ph.Ds awarded

under faculty of management and many more are in queue. He has published/ presented 40+

research papers in journals of repute/conferences. He has visited Brazil under group study

exchange program by Rotary International and has also visited Venezuela, England, Holland,

Germany, France, Poland and Italy for academic interest. He can be contacted at:

How to Cite
Pophaley, M., & Vyas, R. (2015). FORTIFICATION OF PLANT MAINTENANCE MANAGEMENT PRACTICES: ROLE OF SIX SIGMA APPROACH. Brazilian Journal of Operations & Production Management, 12(1), 56-64.