Development of a repair inventory model for effective maintenance of modular electronic equipment

Amik Garg (Mechanical Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Delhi, India)
S.G. Deshmukh (Mechanical Engineering Department, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Delhi, India)

Journal of Advances in Management Research

ISSN: 0972-7981

Publication date: 24 May 2011

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to compare various features of modular repair inventory flow in large maintenance organizations such as the Indian army with those of basic multi‐echelon repair inventory model METRIC.

Design/methodology/approach

Two models are selected and validated with user trials for a period of six months. A few performance measures for multi‐echelon repair inventory systems (MERIS) have also been identified using questionnaires. These two models are compared with the base model using developed performance measures and finally the most preferred model is identified which may replace the existing model. Finally, some recommendations are made for future researchers working in the area of multi‐echelon repair inventory systems.

Findings

The action research (AR)‐based approach has been used to solve a problem which is interactive and aims at developing a holistic understanding. A crisp codification scheme has also been suggested for a multi‐echelon repair inventory environment.

Originality/value

The paper demonstrates identification of inadequacies in the existing model of certain organizations and develops a number of alternate models with the prime objective of reducing the total number of echelons, using an AR‐based approach.

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Citation

Garg, A. and Deshmukh, S. (2011), "Development of a repair inventory model for effective maintenance of modular electronic equipment", Journal of Advances in Management Research, Vol. 8 No. 1, pp. 53-84. https://doi.org/10.1108/09727981111129309

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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