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Optimal burn-in for maximizing reliability of repairable non-series systems

  • Kim, Kyungmee O.
  • Kuo, Way
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    Burn-in is a manufacturing process applied to products to eliminate early failures in the factory before the products reach the customers. Various methods have been proposed for determining an optimal burn-in time of a non-repairable system or a repairable series system, assuming that system burn-in improves all components in the system. In this paper, we establish the trade-off between the component reliabilities during system burn-in and develop an optimal burn-in time for repairable non-series systems to maximize reliability. One impediment to expressing the reliability of a non-series system is in that successive failures during system burn-in cannot be described precisely because a failed component is not detected until the whole system fails. For approximating the successive failures of a non-series system during system burn-in, we considered two types of repair: minimal repair at the time of system failure, and repair at the time of component or connection failure. The two types of repair provide bounds on the optimal system burn-in time of non-series systems.

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    Article provided by Elsevier in its journal European Journal of Operational Research.

    Volume (Year): 193 (2009)
    Issue (Month): 1 (February)
    Pages: 140-151

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    1. Sheu, Shey-Huei & Chien, Yu-Hung, 2005. "Optimal burn-in time to minimize the cost for general repairable products sold under warranty," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 163(2), pages 445-461, June.
    2. Chang, Dong Shang, 2000. "Optimal burn-in decision for products with an unimodal failure rate function," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 126(3), pages 534-540, November.
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