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Operations Management Planning and Preventive Maintenance in Grain Milling Companies in Nakuru County, Kenya

Journal: International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR) (Vol.7, No. 7)

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Page : 1007-1013

Keywords : Preventive maintenance; spare parts availability; operations management planning; grain milling;

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Machine condition plays a significant role on plant efficiency in the field of manufacturing. For this reason, maintenance has become an integral component of manufacturing. There are various methods of maintenance but preventive maintenance is key in maintaining the condition of plant equipment in manufacturers state of operation. The general objective of the study was to establish how operations management planning affects preventive maintenance in Grain Milling Companies in Nakuru County, Kenya. Two objectives have been used for this paper, effect of manpower planning and spare parts availability. The target population for the study were grain milling companies which included, Unga millers, United millers, Mombasa maize millers and Milling corporation. The target population comprised of 226 technical staff directly or indirectly involved in machine maintenance. A sample of 113 was selected to participate in the survey using stratified random sampling technique. Questionnaires were used as the main data collection tool among the grain milling companies. Analysis of data was done using both descriptive and inferential statistics. Frequencies, percentages, mean and standard deviations were checked. Pearson moment correlation was used to establish the relationship between the independent and dependent variables and further to test the hypotheses of the study. Correlation analysis was used to determine the planning components that have greater impact on implementation of preventive maintenance. The findings of the study revealed that spare parts availability had the greatest impact on preventive maintenance in graining milling companies. The study therefore recommended that milling companies need to relook into their manpower planning especially for the preventive maintenance departments rather than focusing only on reactive breakdown staffing. Besides, milling companies should invest heavily in enhancing their sourcing strategies for their spare part.

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