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

  • 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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    File URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1287/mnsc.30.6.739
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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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