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|Title: ||A study into the concept and practice of terotechnology and life-cycle costing as applied to manufacturing industry|
|Authors: ||Harvey, Graham|
|Issue Date: ||1978|
|Publisher: ||© Graham Harvey|
|Abstract: ||The Atkinson Committee for Terotechnology found
that it was hampered in its task of making recommendations
to the Secretary of State for Industry due to the lack
of research and information regarding the application,
by manufacturing industry, of terotechnological practices.
It was this lack of research and information which
provided a major justification for pursuing this research
This research has attempted to provide a contribution to our knowledge in the fields of terotechnology
and life-cycle costing. This has been achieved by
investigating the historical development of terotechnology,
examining the way in which the concept should be interpreted,
developing a 'levels-of-care' model and, by industrial
field research, examining the extent to which .
terotechnological practices, as defined within this
dissertation, have been applied by manufacturing industry.
The field work was based on a sample of six manufacturing
organisations in which detailed research was undertaken.
A further sixteen organisations were visited to obtain
a more general and wider view of application. The
comparative organisational analysis, was based on the
differences observed due to differing levels of production system mechanisation. The results of the field research
are presented and comparisons made, to the limited extent
possible, with the findings of other work.
A major part of the terotechnological approach
to physical asset life-cycle management is based on
the comparative economic evaluation of assets over their
life-cycles. Life-cycle costing is a quantitative economic
evaluation technique which can be used for such comparisons.
The historical development of life-cycle costing has
been determined. A postal questionnaire survey,of
experienced practitioners in the United States and Sweden,
was undertaken to determine the general body of knowledge
and experience required to utilise the technique.The
results of the survey are presented. One of the major
constraints on the application of life-cycle costing
has been the lack of any procedural model to facilitate
such application within manufacturing industry. This
research has conceived and developed such a procedural
model. An example of the application of the model,based
on real data, is presented.
Future developments in the concept and practice
of terotechnology and life-cycle costing are postulated.
Suggestions for further research work are outlined.|
|Description: ||A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.|
|Appears in Collections:||PhD Theses (Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering)|
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