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Spare parts estimation and risk assessment conducted at Choghart Iron Ore Mine: A case study
Växjö University, Faculty of Mathematics/Science/Technology, School of Technology and Design. Maskinteknik.
2007 (English)In: Journal of Quality in Maintenance Engineering, ISSN 1355-2511, Vol. 13, no 4, p. 353-363Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Purpose – Spare parts needs are dependent on the characteristics of the product in question, e.g. its reliability and maintainability, and the characteristics of the environment in which the product is going to be used (e.g. the temperature, humidity, and the user/operator's skills and capabilities), which constitute covariates. The covariates have a significant influence on the system reliability characteristics and consequently on the number of required spare parts. The main objective of this research study is to evaluate the associated risks (i.e. risk of shortage of spare parts) in estimation of the required number of spare parts due to not considering the characteristics of system operating environment.

Design/methodology/approach – An event tree is a graphical logic model that identifies and quantifies possible outcomes following an initiating event (non-considering system operating environment in this case) in spare parts planning. In the present research a risk analysis is performed through a new and non-standard event tree analysis. It used an event tree analysis in which the states of organization and managerial decisions took place in risk analysis.

Findings – In the present study a modified form of event tree analysis was introduced and implemented. In the new version the undesired states were used instead of barriers in combination with events and consequents changes as a safety function in event tree analysis. The output of the event tree analysis shows that there is a considerable operational risk due to losses (production and economical) associated with the non-consideration of the machine working environment.

Practical implications – In the estimation of the accurate amount of support and spare parts needed for any industrial system/machine, it is strongly recommended to take the product operating environment into account. This can be proved by the event tree risk analysis method used in a modified and non-standard form in the present research. The results of risk analysis can help managers in making accurate decisions for product support and spare part needs in the future.

Originality/value – Modified event tree analysis is a new approach suggested for visualizing the risk associated with non-considering of system operating environment in required support/spare parts estimation. Visualization of risk in graphics can facilitate correct decision making in spare parts planning.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Emerald Group Publishing Limited , 2007. Vol. 13, no 4, p. 353-363
Keywords [en]
Iran, Mines, Operations management, Risk analysis, Spare parts
National Category
Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
Research subject
Technology (byts ev till Engineering), Terotechnology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:vxu:diva-3267DOI: doi:10.1108/13552510710829452OAI: oai:DiVA.org:vxu-3267DiVA, id: diva2:203223
Available from: 2008-01-09 Created: 2008-01-09 Last updated: 2010-03-09Bibliographically approved

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