Title: Integrated reliability and optimal maintenance schedule design: a Life Cycle Cost based approach

Authors: Bhupesh Kumar Lad, M.S. Kulkarni

Addresses: Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi), Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110016, India. ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IIT Delhi), Hauz Khas, New Delhi 110016, India

Abstract: Customers of industrial system/machines are becoming increasingly focused on life cycle performance of products for their purchase decisions. Manufacturers of such type of products, for example machine tools, are experiencing increased pressure from customers to deliver customised products with documented reliability, maintainability, maintenance and support characteristics and also with minimum environmental impacts. In this article, first the problem has been explored in the context of Indian machine tool industry and also from literature perspective. Some of the important issues are listed and research steps are identified to address these issues.

Keywords: life cycle cost; LCC; life cycle performance; machine tool industry; maintainability; maintenance; support; reliability; maintenance scheduling; India; schedule design.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPLM.2008.019971

International Journal of Product Lifecycle Management, 2008 Vol.3 No.1, pp.78 - 90

Available online: 19 Aug 2008 *

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