Two-dimensional warranty policies incorporating product development

Advances in Business and Management Forecasting

ISBN: 978-0-85724-201-3, eISBN: 978-0-85724-202-0

ISSN: 1477-4070

Publication date: 17 November 2010


Some consumer durables, such as automobiles, involve warranties involving two attributes. These are time elapsed since the sale of the product and the usage of the product at a given point in time. Warranty may be invoked by the customer if both time and usage are within the specified warranty parameters and product failure occurs. In this chapter, we assume that usage and product age are related through a random variable, the usage rate, which may have a certain probabilistic distribution as influenced by consumer behavior pattern. Further, product failure rate is influenced by the usage rate and product age. Of importance to the organization is to contain expected warranty costs and select appropriate values of the warranty parameters accordingly. An avenue to impact warranty costs is through research on product development. This has the potential to reduce the failure rate of the product. The objective then becomes to determine warranty parameters, while constraining the sum of the expected unit warranty costs and research and development (R&D) costs per unit sales, under a limited R&D budget.


Mitra, A. and Patankar, J.G. (2010), "Two-dimensional warranty policies incorporating product development", Lawrence, K.D. and Klimberg, R.K. (Ed.) Advances in Business and Management Forecasting (Advances in Business and Management Forecasting, Vol. 7), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 3-22.

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