Taking Complexity into Account: A Structured Literature Review on Multi-component Systems in the Context of Predictive Maintenance

Milot Gashi*, Stefan Thalmann

*Corresponding author for this work

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One of the most prominent use cases of a digitized industry is predictive maintenance. Advances in sensor and data technology enable continuous condition monitoring, thus, extending the opportunities for predictive maintenance. However, so far, most approaches stick to a simplistic paradigm viewing industrial systems as a single-component system (SCS), assuming independence or partially neglecting interdependencies between components. However, in practice, multiple components are coupled which interact with each other; thus, leading to a multi-component system (MCS) view. Implementing the MCS is challenging, but promises many advantages for predictive maintenance. We conduct a structured literature review to investigate the current state of research about MCS and how this can be transferred to data-driven predictive maintenance. We investigate the characteristics of MCS, the promises in contrast to SCS, the challenges of its implementation, and current application areas. Finally, we discuss future work on MCS in the context of predictive maintenance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInformation Systems - 16th European, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern Conference, EMCIS 2019, Proceedings
Subtitle of host publicationEMCIS 2019
EditorsMarinos Themistocleous, Maria Papadaki
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-44321-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020
Event16th European Mediterranean & Middle Eastern Conference on Information Systems - The British University in Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 9 Dec 201910 Dec 2019

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Business Information Processing
Volume381 LNBIP
ISSN (Print)1865-1348
ISSN (Electronic)1865-1356


Conference16th European Mediterranean & Middle Eastern Conference on Information Systems
Abbreviated titleEMCIS 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited Arab Emirates
Internet address


  • Predictive Maintenance
  • Multi-component systems
  • RUL
  • Stochastic Dependence
  • Stochastic dependence
  • Predictive maintenance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems and Management
  • Information Systems
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Business and International Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Modelling and Simulation

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