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|کد مقاله||سال انتشار||مقاله انگلیسی||ترجمه فارسی||تعداد کلمات|
|23281||2014||14 صفحه PDF||سفارش دهید||محاسبه نشده|
Publisher : Elsevier - Science Direct (الزویر - ساینس دایرکت)
Journal : Reliability Engineering & System Safety, Volume 121, January 2014, Pages 207–220
Inspection is always an important preventive maintenance (PM) activity and can have different depths and cover all or part of plant systems. This paper introduces a two-level inspection policy model for a single component plant system based on a three-stage failure process. Such a failure process divides the system′s life into three stages: good, minor defective and severe defective stages. The first level of inspection, the minor inspection, can only identify the minor defective stage with a certain probability, but can always reveal the severe defective stage. The major inspection can however identify both defective stages perfectly. Once the system is found to be in the minor defective stage, a shortened inspection interval is adopted. If however the system is found to be in the severe defective stage, we may delay the maintenance action if the time to the next planned PM window is less than a threshold level, but otherwise, replace immediately. This corresponds to the well adopted maintenance policy in practice such as periodic inspections with planned PMs. A numerical example is presented to demonstrate the proposed model by comparing with other models.
Preventive maintenance (PM) including inspection, preventive repair or replacement of defective items is generally adopted in practice to prevent system′s failures ,  and . Inspections are common activities in most PM programs where the deteriorating system can be inspected at certain intervals to reveal its state ,  and . Inspections can have different depths or levels depending on the time, skills and the system to be inspected. Most PM models consider one level inspection to check the whole system at a fixed interval; see Chiang and Yuan , Badía et al. , Wang et al. . In practice, however, a multi-inspection scheme at different levels is also very common. For example, a weekly visual inspection is performed to check for the appearance of a defective component by an operator and a longer monthly inspection is carried out to perform a thorough check for the same component by a professional technician. Some recent papers have studied multiple level inspections, where each level is associated with a different interval, cost and depth. Nakagawa et al.  considered two inspection policies, where a system is inspected at periodic or successive times and also at every completion of working cycles. Chun  introduced a multiple inspection policy under which a product is checked repeatedly by a single inspector or sequentially by multi-inspectors. Berrade et al.  and  considered two inspection frequencies to detect early failures where the inspection identifies the system state with same effect and Scarf et al.  and  presented hybrid policies with two different intervals for inspections and replacements. Wang  proposed a model addressing multiple nested inspections of production plant at different intervals, where the inspections are assumed to be perfect. Wang  considered a production process subjected to two types of deteriorations caused by minor process defects and major defects, and proposed an inspection model in which minor inspections can perfectly identify whether the process is in control or out of control whereas major inspections can identify the major defect with a finite probability. The models in , ,  and  were based on the delay time concept which defined a two-stage failure process . The delay time concept was proposed by Christer in 1976 and then applied to maintenance problems in Christer and Waller . The period from new to the initial point of a defect (potential failure) is defined as the normal stage and the time between this initial point and the occurrence of a failure is the delay time stage . Different from the conventional time to failure definition, such delay time provides an opportunity to remove or rectify the defects before they transform into failures if an inspection is undertaken at the delay time stage. Such definition assumes that the system can be in one of the two states before failure, namely normal or defective. Numerous inspection and PM models have been proposed based on the delay time concept, see Wang  for a recent survey on delay time models. Such delay time models have the obvious advantages than other inspection models proposed in literature in that they directly modeled the relationship between system failures and PM actions. There are two types of delay time-based inspection models, namely a single component system and a complex system with many components  and . In this paper we consider just a single component system subject to a dominant failure mode. Subsequently we use a component or system interchangeably all referring to a single unit system subject to a single failure mode and the only maintenance action is replacement if needed. It is noted however that in many industrial applications, the state of the system is described by a state space of more than two. In view of this situation, the two-stage delay time concept was extended to a three-stage failure process , which generates three possible states of the system in operation, i.e., normal, minor defective and severe defective before failure, respectively. This further dividing of the delay time into two deteriorating stages provides more modeling options since different maintenance actions may be needed at different stages of the failure process. However, Wang  did not consider multiple level inspections in the work. Most works assume that the defective and failed state can be always revealed if they were there  and . However, some defects may be missed during inspections, as a perfect inspection requires more time and cost  and . This leads to the concept of imperfect inspection and such an imperfect inspection may be destructive or non-destructive. The destructive inspection process is subject to false positives and false negatives, see Berrade et al.  and , Okumura et al. . But we focus on imperfect, but non-destructive inspection by which the actual state of system is either detected correctly with a certain probability or undetected. Though this limitation was dealt with in the previous delay time models , it was not addressed in a three-stage failure process setting. Moreover, under such a three-stage failure process, the initial defective stage may be more difficult to be identified than a later severe defective stage. Another assumption shared by most papers is that maintenance actions are always undertaken immediately once a defective state is identified, see Cui et al. , Badía et al. , Scarf and Cavalcante . In some practical situations, it may be cost-effective to delay the repair or replacement to a later time in order to avoid over-maintenance. A delayed repair is considered by Zhang  where the model was based on a geometrical process. In this paper, we introduce a two-level inspection policy consisting of minor and major inspections for a single component system based on the three-stage failure process. This single component system can be a system on its own or part of a larger system. It is assumed that the minor inspection can only identify the minor defective stage with a limited probability, but can always identify the severe defective stage. Differently, the major inspection can always identify the defective stage no matter it is minor or severe. This is very close to what observed in practice. In case when the component is found to be in the minor defective stage by an inspection, a shortened inspection interval is introduced in order to have more opportunities to identify the severe defective stage before failure. Of course once the failure occurs, repair or replacement has to be carried out immediately to restore the production. In additional to periodic inspections, there may be planned PMs either on the component or the larger system where the component is in, such PM usually has more time allocated and the system is down anyway. In steel industry, such PM is called “downday” and is usually performed at an interval of few weeks . During such PM, repair and replacement of defective components are carried out comprehensively. The timing of such PM is usually determined for the larger system or by some technical or production constraints imposed on the system so it is beyond the scope here in this paper. However, it is the ideal repair or replacement window for dealing with the defective components identified at previous inspections. This leads to the case that if the component is found to be in the severe defective stage by an inspection, a repair or replacement action can be delayed to the next planned PM if the time till the next planned PM is less than a predetermined threshold. Otherwise the repair or replacement action has to be undertaken immediately. This is a common practice observed in the process industry such as steel making. It may be beneficial since a replacement at the time of an inspection may cost more due to the extra downtime required. The decision variables in this paper are the inspection intervals for minor and major inspections and the threshold level. The objective is to minimize the long run expected cost per unit time. The new contributions of this paper are as follows (1) We consider a three-stage failure process subject to two-level of inspections, minor and major inspections. (2) The inspection is imperfect for the identification of the minor defective stage by the minor inspection with a certain probability. (3) If the system is found to be in the minor defective stage, instead of taking a maintenance action, a shortened inspection interval is recommended. (4) We also consider to delay the maintenance action if the time to the next planned PM is shorter than a predetermined threshold at the time of a major defect identification. The remaining part of the paper is organized as follows. Section 2 provides the modeling assumptions and notations. Section 3 models the two-level inspection policy with PM based on the three-stage failure process. For the purpose of comparison, Section 4 models one level inspection policy with PM and a two-level inspection policy without PM. Section 5 presents a numerical example. Section 6 concludes the paper and suggests some future works.
نتیجه گیری انگلیسی
In this paper, we develop a model of a two-level inspection policy with PM based on a three-stage failure process characterized by the delay-time concept. Our objective is to optimize the minor, major inspection intervals and a threshold level jointly by minimizing the expected cost per unit time. Using a three-stage failure process, the state of the component may be in one of the three states at an inspection. A two-level inspection subject to minor inspection and major inspection, as an extension of the one level inspection, can identify the state of a system or component with different intervals, costs and depths. Once the minor defective stage can be identified by either inspection, rather than replacement immediately, a halved minor inspection interval is adopted. A delayed replacement till the next planned PM is also considered if the severe defective stage is identified by an inspection and the time to the next planned PM ττ is less than a threshold level. This is reasonable since a separated planned PM is common for the larger system where the component is in and maintenance managers always try to reach a higher system availability by replacing the defective component as late as possible, but not beyond a limit. To solve the long run expected cost per unit time, the time to the next planned PM ττ is assumed to follow a uniform distribution approximately. A simulation algorithm is proposed and used to demonstrate that the approximation is adequate. The results obtained from our numerical example validate the applicability of two-level inspection policy with PM compared with one level inspection policy with PM and two-level inspection policy without PM. There are several further research topics which will be studied in the future as follows. First, further work should be done to add the inspection activities to planned PMs so that the component state can be also found by a planned PM. Second, complex systems are more common in practice which comprise of many subsystems or components with different time to failure. So modeling a two-level inspection policy with PM for complex system using a three-stage failure process needs to be addressed. The third is to consider the joint optimization of maintenance and inventory management since both are actually closely correlated. If a delayed replacement is carried out, the order interval and the ordering quantity of spare parts will be affected. The fourth is an even more important topic where field data is required to validate the model from model parameter estimation and justify modeling assumptions. These issues will be studied subsequently.