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


  • Kim, Kyungmee O.
  • Kuo, Way


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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  • Kim, Kyungmee O. & Kuo, Way, 2009. "Optimal burn-in for maximizing reliability of repairable non-series systems," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 193(1), pages 140-151, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ejores:v:193:y:2009:i:1:p:140-151

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