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Preventive maintenance and replacement policies for deteriorating production systems subject to imperfect repairs


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Dehayem Nodem, Fleur Ines, Gharbi, Ali and Kenné, Jean-Pierre. 2011. « Preventive maintenance and replacement policies for deteriorating production systems subject to imperfect repairs ». International Journal of Production Research, vol. 49, nº 12. pp. 3543-3563.
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This paper presents a special case of integration of the preventive maintenance into the repair/replacement policy of a failure-prone system. The machine of the considered system exhibits increasing failure intensity and increasing repair times. To reduce the failure rate and subsequent repair times following a failure, there is an incentive to perform preventive maintenance on the machine before failure. When a failure occurs, the machine can be repaired or replaced by a new one. Thus the machine’s mode at any time can be classified as either operating, in repair, in replacement or in preventive maintenance. The decision variables of the system are the repair/replacement switching age or number of failures at the time of the machine’s failure and the preventive maintenance rate. The problem of determining the repair/replacement and preventive maintenance policies is formulated as a semi-Markov decision process and numerical methods are given in order to compute optimal policies which minimize the average cost incurred by preventive maintenance, repair and replacement over an infinite planning horizon. As expected, the decisions to repair or to replace the machine upon a failure are modified by performing preventive maintenance. A numerical example is given and a sensitivity analysis is performed to illustrate the proposed approach and to show the impact of various parameters on the control policies thus obtained.

Item Type: Peer reviewed article published in a journal
Gharbi, Ali
Kenné, Jean-Pierre
Affiliation: Génie de la production automatisée
Date Deposited: 19 Feb 2013 16:25
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2016 17:08

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