Title: Availability and maintenance scheduling of a repairable block-board manufacturing system

Authors: Savita Garg, Jai Singh, D.V. Singh

Addresses: Department of Mathematics, Mukand Lal National College, Yamuna Nagar 135001, Haryana, India. ' Punjab College of Engineering and Technology, Lalru Mandi (Mohali), Punjab, India. ' Department of Applied Mathematics, National Institute of Technology, Kurukshetra 136119, Haryana, India

Abstract: The main objective of this paper is to develop a reliability model of a block-board manufacturing system in the plywood industry. The system discussed here undergoes partial as well as direct total failure. The model discussed here helps in calculating both time dependent and steady state availability under idealised as well as faulty Preventive Maintenance (PM). The PM rates and corrective repair rates are taken as arbitrarily distributed. Corrective repair of units is performed on the basis of preemptive resume priority discipline. The supplementary variable method is used to develop generalised expressions of state probabilities and system availabilities. Runge-Kutta method is used to calculate the availability of the system for transient state. Long run availability is carried out making use of software package Matlab 5.1. The tables for various parameters are given which are useful to the management for improving and planning the maintenance schedule.

Keywords: block-board manufacturing; availability; preventive maintenance; corrective maintenance; preemptive resume priority; reliability modelling; maintenance scheduling; plywood industry; corrective repair rates.

DOI: 10.1504/IJRS.2010.029567

International Journal of Reliability and Safety, 2010 Vol.4 No.1, pp.104 - 118

Accepted: 22 May 2009
Published online: 30 Nov 2009 *

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