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Optimal inspection and preventive maintenance policy for systems with self‐announcing and non‐self‐announcing failures

Anis Chelbi (École Supérieure des Sciences et Techniques de Tunis, Tunis, Tunisia)
Daoud Ait‐Kadi (Université Laval, Quebec City, Canada)
Houda Aloui (École Supérieure des Sciences et Techniques de Tunis, Tunis, Tunisia)

Journal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering

ISSN: 1355-2511

Article publication date: 28 March 2008

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to propose and model an inspection and preventive maintenance policy for randomly failing systems that alternate operating and idle periods according to their mission profile.

Design/methodology/approach

A maintenance policy is defined and modeled mathematically. The paper focuses on finding the age T for inspection which maximizes the stationary availability of the system.

Findings

Except for the case of only self‐announcing failures, there always exists a finite optimal strategy T*. Two sufficient conditions for the uniqueness of such an optimum are also derived.

Practical implications

Many productive systems alternate operating and inactive periods, their failures may be self‐announcing or not self‐announcing (detected only through inspection). This paper presents a maintenance strategy for such systems in order to maximize their stationary availability. The proposed strategy suggests submitting the system to inspection when its age reaches T units of time.

Originality/value

This paper states a general expression of the system stationary availability which is considered as the performance criterion. Conditions of existence and uniqueness of an optimal strategy are developed.

Keywords

Citation

Chelbi, A., Ait‐Kadi, D. and Aloui, H. (2008), "Optimal inspection and preventive maintenance policy for systems with self‐announcing and non‐self‐announcing failures", Journal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering, Vol. 14 No. 1, pp. 34-45. https://doi.org/10.1108/13552510810861923

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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