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Priority Scheduling and Spares Stocking Policies for a Repair Shop: The Multiple Failure Case


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  • Gary D. Scudder

    (School of Management, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455)

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    Improved scheduling rules and spares stocking policies are examined for a repair shop supporting a multi-item repairable inventory system with a hierarchical product structure. The results from an earlier paper are extended to the case where more than one unit fails in each item to be repaired. A variety of scheduling rules and methods for initializing the vector of spare parts are evaluated using a simulation of a representative shop. The results indicate that procedures which perform well when only a single unit fails also perform well when multiple failures occur. More complex rules, which recognize assembly mating requirements, do not appear to provide any significant improvement.

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    Article provided by INFORMS in its journal Management Science.

    Volume (Year): 30 (1984)
    Issue (Month): 6 (June)
    Pages: 739-749

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    Handle: RePEc:inm:ormnsc:v:30:y:1984:i:6:p:739-749

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    Keywords: production/scheduling; repairable items; spares stocking;


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    Cited by:
    1. van der Heijden, M.C. & Alvarez, E.M. & Schutten, J.M.J., 2013. "Inventory reduction in spare part networks by selective throughput time reduction," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 143(2), pages 509-517.
    2. Reményi, Christoph & Staudacher, Stephan, 2014. "Systematic simulation based approach for the identification and implementation of a scheduling rule in the aircraft engine maintenance," International Journal of Production Economics, Elsevier, vol. 147(PA), pages 94-107.
    3. Sleptchenko, A. & van der Heijden, M. C. & van Harten, A., 2005. "Using repair priorities to reduce stock investment in spare part networks," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 163(3), pages 733-750, June.
    4. Guide, V. Daniel R. & Srivastava, Rajesh, 1997. "Repairable inventory theory: Models and applications," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 102(1), pages 1-20, October.


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