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Availability alocation through importance measures
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Operation, Maintenance and Acoustics.
2007 (English)In: International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management, ISSN 0265-671X, E-ISSN 1758-6682, Vol. 24, no 6, 643-657 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Purpose - To define availability importance measures in order to calculate the criticality of each component or subsystem from availability point of view and also to demonstrate the application of such importance measures for achieving optimal resource allocation to arrive at the best possible availability. Design/methodology/approach - In this study the availability importance measures of a component are defined as a partial derivative of the system availability with respect to the component availability, failure rate, and repair rate. Analyses of these measures for a crushing plant are performed and the results are presented. Furthermore, a methodology aimed at improving the availability of a system using the concept of importance measures is identified and demonstrated by use of a numerical example.Findings - The availability importance measure of a component/subsystem is an index which shows how far an individual component contributes to the overall system availability. The research study indicates that the availability importance measures could be applied in developing a strategy for availability improvement. The subsystem/component with the largest value of importance measure has the greatest effect on the system availability. Research limitations/implications -The result of availability improvement strategy is demonstrated using only a hypothetical example.Practical implications - Using of availability importance measures will help managers and engineers to identify weaknesses and indicate modifications which will improve the system availability.Originality/value - This paper presents the concept of availability importance measure for a component/subsystem. It also introduces some availability importance measures based on failure rate, mean time between failures (MTBF), and repair rate/mean time to repair (MTTR) of a component /subsystem. The concept of importance measures are used to prioritize the components or subsystems for the availability improvement process.

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2007. Vol. 24, no 6, 643-657 p.
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Operation and Maintenance
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-13116DOI: 10.1108/02656710710757826Local ID: c4a8e090-7569-11dc-824d-000ea68e967bOAI: diva2:986067
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