How maintenance practices influence manufacturing performance in KTDA managed factories
The purpose of this study was to investigate how maintenance practices influence maintenance performance which in turn influence manufacturing performance in KTDA Managed factories. The study was guided by determining the maintenance practices, determining the level of plant availability and determining the relationship between plant availability and manufacturing performance. A census was done in all 65 KTDA factories. Spearman’s rank correlation was used to establish if there are any relationship between maintenance practice and maintenance performance and whether maintenance performance affects manufacturing performance.Findings revealed that there was a positive relation ship between the level of preventive maintenance carried out and plant availability. The findings also revealed that there is a negative correlation between the level of breakdown maintenacne carried out and plant availability. The findings also revealed that there is positive correlation between plant availability and auction prices and also firewood consumption in KGMT/CUMF. The research also concluded that there is negative correlation between plant availability and energy consumption in MJ/KGMT and in KWH/KGMT and also energy cost in Ksh/KGMT. It was recommended that KTDA factories monitor and aim to improve the Preventive maintenance strategies in order to improve maintenance performance through plant availability which will in turn improve manufacturing performance.