Fleet readiness : stocking spare parts and high-tech assets

R.J.I. Basten, J.J. Arts

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Abstract

We consider a maintenance shop that is responsible for the availability of a eet of assets, e.g., trains. Unavailability of assets may be due to active maintenance time or unavailability of spare parts. Both spare assets and spare components may be stocked in order to ensure a certain percentage of eet readiness (e.g., 95%), i.e., having sucient assets available for the primary process (e.g., running a train schedule). This is dierent from guaranteeing a certain average availability, as is typically done in the literature on spare parts inventories. We analyse the corresponding system, assuming continuous review and base stock control. We propose an algorithm, based on a marginal analysis approach, to solve the optimization problem of minimizing holding costs for spare assets and spare parts. Since the problem is not item separable, even marginal analysis is time consuming, but we show how to eciently solve this. Using a numerical experiment, we show that our algorithm generally leads to a solution that is close to optimal, and we show that our algorithm is much faster than an existing algorithm for a closely related problem.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEindhoven
PublisherTechnische Universiteit Eindhoven
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NameBETA publicatie : working papers
Volume456
ISSN (Print)1386-9213

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Basten, R. J. I., & Arts, J. J. (2014). Fleet readiness : stocking spare parts and high-tech assets. (BETA publicatie : working papers; Vol. 456). Eindhoven: Technische Universiteit Eindhoven.