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Preventive maintenance at opportunities of restricted duration


  • Dekker, R.

    (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Faculteit der Economische Wetenschappen en Econometrie (Free University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics Sciences, Business Administration and Economitrics)

  • Smeitink, E.


This article deals with the problem of setting priorities for the execution of maintenance packages at randomly occurring opportunities. These opportunities are of restricted duration, implying that only a limited number of packages can be executed. The main idea proposed is to set up a model for determining the optimal execution time for the individual maintenance packages and to develop cost criteria for deviations from the optimal time. In this article we use the block replacement model, but the approach can be easily extended to include other optimization models as well. Using Monte Carlo simulation the performance of the method is compared with various heuristics, both for a two‐package and a multipackage case. © 1994 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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  • Dekker, R. & Smeitink, E., 1991. "Preventive maintenance at opportunities of restricted duration," Serie Research Memoranda 0038, VU University Amsterdam, Faculty of Economics, Business Administration and Econometrics.
  • Handle: RePEc:vua:wpaper:1991-38

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    1. Dekker, Rommert & Smeitink, Eric, 1991. "Opportunity-based block replacement," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 53(1), pages 46-63, July.
    2. van der Duyn Schouten, F. A. & Vanneste, S. G., 1990. "Analysis and computation of (n, N)-strategies for maintenance of a two-component system," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 48(2), pages 260-274, September.
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