Title: A framework to integrate design for reliability and maintainability in modular product design

Authors: Bimal Nepal, Leslie Monplaisir, Nanua Singh

Addresses: Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Wayne State University, 4815 Fourth St., Detroit, MI 48202, USA. ' Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Wayne State University, 4815 Fourth St., Detroit, MI 48202, USA. ' Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Wayne State University, 4815 Fourth St., Detroit, MI 48202, USA

Abstract: This paper presents a framework to optimise reliability and maintainability (R&M) of a product through modular design. A structured process is developed for incorporating three types of R&M metrics into the modular design. These metrics are failure potential and simplicity of module architecture, maintainability and maintenance commonality between the components, and serviceability of the module. In addition to reliability and maintainability, cost of modularisation is also taken into account for modules selection purpose. The metrics of modularisation costs are cost of interface to join the components, assembly resources requirements, and cost of reusability of modules. We use fuzzy logic and the goal programming models for developing the modular design. An example is presented to demonstrate the application of the proposed methodology.

Keywords: design for reliability and maintainability; modular design; fuzzy logic; goal programming; product design; product development; maintenance commonality; modularisation costs; module reuse.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPD.2007.013043

International Journal of Product Development, 2007 Vol.4 No.5, pp.459 - 484

Published online: 06 Apr 2007 *

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