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Article
Publication date: 13 November 2019

Khaled Alhamad and Mohammad Alhajri

The purpose of this paper is to describe a method that has been set up to schedule preventive maintenance (PM) tasks for power and water plants with all constraints such…

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to describe a method that has been set up to schedule preventive maintenance (PM) tasks for power and water plants with all constraints such as production and maintenance.

Design/methodology/approach

The proposed methodology relies on the zero-one integer programming model that finds the maximum number of power and water units available in separate generating units. To verify this, the model was implemented and tested as a case study in Kuwait for the Cogeneration Station.

Findings

An effective solution can be achieved for scheduling the PM tasks and production at the power and water cogeneration plant.

Practical implications

The proposed model offers a practical method to schedule PM of power and water units, which are expensive equipment.

Originality/value

This proposed model is an effective decision-making tool that provides an ideal solution for preventive maintenance scheduling problems for power and water units in a cogeneration plant, effectively and complies with all constraints.

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Journal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering, vol. 26 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1355-2511

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Article
Publication date: 29 March 2011

Anil Sharma, G.S. Yadava and S.G. Deshmukh

The purpose of this paper is to review the literature on maintenance optimization models and associated case studies. For these optimization models critical observations are made.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to review the literature on maintenance optimization models and associated case studies. For these optimization models critical observations are made.

Design/methodology/approach

The paper systematically classifies the published literature using different techniques, and also identifies the possible gaps.

Findings

The paper outlines important techniques used in various maintenance optimization models including the analytical hierarchy process, the Bayesian approach, the Galbraith information processing model and genetic algorithms. There is an emerging trend towards uses of simulation for maintenance optimization which has changed the maintenance view.

Practical implications

A limited literature is available on the classification of maintenance optimization models and on its associated case studies. The paper classifies the literature on maintenance optimization models on different optimization techniques and based on emerging trends it outlines the directions for future research in the area of maintenance optimization.

Originality/value

The paper provides many references and case studies on maintenance optimization models and techniques. It gives useful references for maintenance management professionals and researchers working on maintenance optimization.

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Journal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering, vol. 17 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1355-2511

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Article
Publication date: 1 March 1996

S. Srikrishna, G.S. Yadava and P.N. Rao

Availability of auxiliary equipment for coal‐based power plants is very important for the achievement of maximum generation and the improvement of plant load factor (PLF)…

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Availability of auxiliary equipment for coal‐based power plants is very important for the achievement of maximum generation and the improvement of plant load factor (PLF). In this context a realistic maintenance programme based on plant‐specific failure data will help to achieve an optimum performance level. Reliability‐centred maintenance (RCM) is a recent technique which is limited to a few areas and has implementation difficulties. Presents a realistic RCM‐based maintenance methodology for coal‐based power plant auxiliaries. Applies the methodology to the bowl mill, an item of auxiliary equipment. Presents results and savings that have been achieved with the application of the methodology.

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Journal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering, vol. 2 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1355-2511

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Article
Publication date: 28 September 2021

Pooja Dhiman and Amit Kumar

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the performance of a turbine structure of the oil and gas Egyptian company in terms of reliability, mean time to failure…

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to investigate the performance of a turbine structure of the oil and gas Egyptian company in terms of reliability, mean time to failure (MTTF), mean time to repair (MTTR) and mean time between failures (MTBF) under fuzzy environment and working criteria. This paper examines the impact of the failure of various components on the complete turbine structure of the oil and gas system.

Design/methodology/approach

To overcome the problem of uncertain behavior of available data for various components, the right triangular generalized fuzzy number (RTrGFN) is proposed to be taken into the account to express the uncertainty which attains some tolerance in data. Furthermore, reliability indices are calculated with the help of the Lambda Tau method and the arithmetic operations on right generalized triangular fuzzy numbers (RTrGFN).

Findings

This paper explores the reliability of a repairable 3 out of 4 structure of turbines and along with the other parameters namely MTTF, MTTR and MTBF; under a fuzzy environment. Failure rates and repair times are expected to be exponential. The ranking of components of the structure is being found to decide the priority for maintenance.

Originality/value

This paper investigates the performance of the system with different spread/tolerance like 15%, 25% and 50% of crisp data. It helps to predict realistic results in the range value. To enhance the system's performance, the most important item of the system requires greater attention. For this, the authors find the sensitive part by ranking. For ranking, an extended approach has been developed to find the sensitive unit of the system by using the right triangular generalized fuzzy number. This paper explores the most and least sensitive component of the system, which helps the maintenance department to plan the maintenance action.

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Journal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering, vol. ahead-of-print no. ahead-of-print
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1355-2511

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Article
Publication date: 14 March 2008

S. Saraswat and G.S. Yadava

The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of RAMS engineering in industry and research.

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Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide an overview of RAMS engineering in industry and research.

Design/methodology/approach

A range of research articles (1988‐2005) covering RAMS engineering is discussed to provide a practical and theoretical overview of RAMS engineering in industry and research.

Findings

The paper provides information about the current scenario and also about the past scenario of RAMS engineering in research and industry. Research limitations/implications – This paper reviews much of the literature on RAMS engineering. The literature is collected from major journals and conference proceedings, the period covered is from 1988 to 2005. The authors have tried to make it reasonably comprehensive, but those papers which are not included were either inadvertently overlooked or considered peripheral to this survey. In the present work the authors have only considered those articles which have included two or more aspects of RAMS. Practical implications – The paper is a very useful source of information for researchers working in the area of RAMS engineering. Originality/value – This paper offers help to researchers in understanding the current and past status of RAMS.

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International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management, vol. 25 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0265-671X

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Article
Publication date: 15 April 2020

Chandra Shekhar, Amit Gupta, Madhu Jain and Neeraj Kumar

The purpose of this paper is to present a sensitivity analysis of fault-tolerant redundant repairable computing systems with imperfect coverage, reboot and recovery process.

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to present a sensitivity analysis of fault-tolerant redundant repairable computing systems with imperfect coverage, reboot and recovery process.

Design/methodology/approach

In this investigation, the authors consider the computing system having a finite number of identical working units functioning simultaneously with the provision of standby units. Working and standby units are prone to random failure in nature and are administered by unreliable software, which is also likely to unpredictable failure. The redundant repairable computing system is modeled as a Markovian machine interference problem with exponentially distributed failure rates and service rates. To excerpt the failed unit from the computing system, the system either opts randomized reboot process or leads to recovery delay.

Findings

Transient-state probabilities have been determined with which the authors develop various reliability measures, namely reliability/availability, mean time to failure, failure frequency, and so on, and queueing characteristics, namely expected number of failed units, the throughput of the system and so on, for the predictive purpose. To spectacle the practicability of the developed model, a numerical simulation, sensitivity analysis and so on for different parameters have also been done, and the results are summarized in the tables and graphs. The transient results are helpful to analyze the developing model of the system before having the stability of the system. The derived measures give direct insights into parametric decision-making.

Social implications

The conclusion has been drawn, and future scope is remarked. The present research study would help system analyst and system designer to make a better choice/decision in order to have the economical design and strategy based on the desired mean time to failure, reliability/availability of the systems and other queueing characteristics.

Originality/value

Different from previous investigations, this studied model provides a more accurate assessment of the computing system compared to uncertain environments based on sensitivity analysis.

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International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management, vol. 37 no. 6/7
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0265-671X

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Article
Publication date: 10 December 2020

Huiru Zhang, Limin Jia, Li Wang and Yong Qin

Based on complex network theory, a method for critical elements identification of China Railway High-speed 2 (CRH2) train system is introduced in this paper.

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Purpose

Based on complex network theory, a method for critical elements identification of China Railway High-speed 2 (CRH2) train system is introduced in this paper.

Design/methodology/approach

First, two methods, reliability theory and complex theory, are introduced, and the advantages and disadvantages for their application in identifying critical elements of high-speed train system are summarized. Second, a multi-layer multi-granularity network model including virtual and actual nodes is proposed, and the corresponding fusion rules for the same nodes in different layers are given.

Findings

Finally, taking CRH2 train system as an example, the critical elements are identified by using complex network theory, which provides a reference for train operation and maintenance.

Originality/value

A method of identifying key elements of CRH2 train system based on integrated importance indices is introduced, which is a meaningful extension of the application of complex network theory to identify key components.

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Smart and Resilient Transportation, vol. 2 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2632-0487

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Article
Publication date: 5 August 2022

Monika Saini, Deepak Sinwar, Alapati Manas Swarith and Ashish Kumar

Reliability and maintainability estimation of any system depends on the identification of the best-fitted probability distribution of failure and repair rates. The…

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Purpose

Reliability and maintainability estimation of any system depends on the identification of the best-fitted probability distribution of failure and repair rates. The parameters of the best-fitted probability distribution are also contributing significantly to reliability estimation. In this work, a case study of load haul dump (LHD) machines is illustrated that consider the optimization of failure and repair rate parameters using two well established metaheuristic approaches, namely, genetic algorithm (GA) and particle swarm optimization (PSO). This paper aims to analyze the aforementioned points.

Design/methodology/approach

The data on time between failures (TBF) and time to repairs (TTR) are collected for a LHD machine. The descriptive statistical analysis of TBF & TTR data is performed, trend and serial correlation tested and using Anderson–Darling (AD) value best-fitted distributions are identified for repair and failure times of various subsystems. The traditional methods of estimation like maximum likelihood estimation, method of moments, least-square estimation method help only in finding the local solution. Here, for finding the global solution two well-known metaheuristic approaches are applied.

Findings

The reliability of the LHD machine after 60 days on the real data set is 28.55%, using GA on 250 generations is 17.64%, and using PSO on 100 generations and 100 iterations is 30.25%. The PSO technique gives the global best value of reliability.

Practical implications

The present work will be very convenient for reliability engineers, researchers and maintenance managers to understand the failure and repair pattern of LHD machines. The same methodology can be applied in other process industries also.

Originality/value

In this case study, initially likelihood function of the best-fitted distribution is optimized by GA and PSO. Reliability and maintainability of LHD machines evaluated by the traditional approach, GA and PSO are compared. These results will be very helpful for maintenance engineers to plan new maintenance strategies for better functioning of LHD machines.

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Journal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering, vol. ahead-of-print no. ahead-of-print
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1355-2511

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Article
Publication date: 5 November 2020

Tarwaji Warsokusumo, Toni Prahasto and Achmad Widodo

The study aims to perform an extensive literature review in the area of the maintenance decision analysis (MDA), especially in power generation systems. In the basis of…

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Purpose

The study aims to perform an extensive literature review in the area of the maintenance decision analysis (MDA), especially in power generation systems. In the basis of this review, the paper proposes a new model for the MDA which involves a combination of reliability, availability, maintainability and safety (RAMS) performance with energy efficiency performance (EEP).

Design/methodology/approach

Starting from the opportunity in Sustainable Development Scenario (SDS) by improving the energy efficiency (EE) and using renewable energy for the power generation system, also concerning to the major challenge of maintenance optimization in order to implement maintenance strategy, the maintenance decision-making and energetic efficiency management system (EEMS) have been reviewed. In the context of power generation system's performance, the measurement is also analyzed and identified. Then, the extensive literature review has been performed to compare between RAMS and EEP. And finally, the limitation and gap, where EEP is not yet a complementary consideration during MDA being identified and a new model for the performance-based MDA is proposed.

Findings

The new model proposed for the performance-based MDA is able to be used to conduct maintenance decision by utilizing the combination of RAMS and EEP depending on the type of decision required.

Practical implications

There is an opportunity for a maintenance organization of power generation plant to apply this new model proposed for the MDA in order to optimize the maintenance scope and schedule.

Originality/value

The result of work in this paper forms the basis for combining RAMS with EEP as performance-based MDA tools in the context of maintenance of the power generation system.

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Journal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering, vol. 27 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1355-2511

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Article
Publication date: 20 April 2010

Alex J. Ruiz‐Torres, Jianmei Zhang, Edgar Zapata, Arunkumar Pennathur, Russell Rhodes, Carey McCleskey and Marcella Cowen

The focus of this paper is on reliability and availability design goals. It aims to provide top‐level estimates of the safety and maintainability of future spacecraft systems.

Abstract

Purpose

The focus of this paper is on reliability and availability design goals. It aims to provide top‐level estimates of the safety and maintainability of future spacecraft systems.

Design/methodology/approach

The developed design tool uses basic reliability principles to estimate the probability of a safe mission and the need for repairs/replacement during ground processing, before launch and start of mission, based on the characteristics of the vehicle's main systems: the number of subsystems, the mean time to repair, and the per subsystem average reliability.

Findings

A simple reliability, maintainability and safety model is developed to support the top‐level design process of future space transportation vehicles. It also describes how the developed design tool uses various sensitivity analysis functions to improve design decisions.

Originality/value

The goal of the developed tool is to provide engineers/vehicle developers during the early stages of design with a tool that demonstrates the effect on maintainability of improving component reliability and reducing the number of components.

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International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management, vol. 27 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0265-671X

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