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Creation of an instrument maintenance program at W. M. Keck Observatory
Author(s): G. M. Hill; S. H. Kwok; J. A. Mader; G. D. Wirth; S. E. Dahm; R. W. Goodrich
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Paper Abstract

Until a few years ago, the W. M. Keck Observatory (WMKO) did not have a systematic program of instrument maintenance at a level appropriate for a world-leading observatory. We describe the creation of such a program within the context of WMKO’s lean operations model which posed challenges but also guided the design of the system and resulted in some unique and notable capabilities. These capabilities and the flexibility of the system have led to its adoption across the Observatory for virtually all PM’s. The success of the Observatory in implementing the program and its impact on instrument reliability are presented. Lessons learned are reviewed and strategic implications discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 August 2014
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 9149, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems V, 91491D (6 August 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2056987
Show Author Affiliations
G. M. Hill, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)
S. H. Kwok, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)
J. A. Mader, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)
G. D. Wirth, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)
S. E. Dahm, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)
R. W. Goodrich, W. M. Keck Observatory (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9149:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems V
Alison B. Peck; Chris R. Benn; Robert L. Seaman, Editor(s)

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