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A cost-based importance measure for system components: An extension of the Birnbaum importance

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  • Wu, Shaomin
  • Coolen, Frank P.A.
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    In reliability engineering, component importance measures are used to prioritise components in a system for purposes such as reliability improvement and maintenance planning. Existing importance measures have paid little attention to the costs incurred by maintaining a system and its components within a given time period. Cost-effectiveness analysis, however, is critically important in increasingly competitive markets. This paper proposes a new cost-based importance measure which considers costs incurred by maintaining a system and its components within a finite time horizon. Possible extensions are discussed and examples are given to show the use of the new measure.

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

    Volume (Year): 225 (2013)
    Issue (Month): 1 ()
    Pages: 189-195

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    Handle: RePEc:eee:ejores:v:225:y:2013:i:1:p:189-195
    DOI: 10.1016/j.ejor.2012.09.034
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