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This paper considers a condition-based maintenance model for continuously degrading systems under continuous monitoring. After maintenance, the states of the system are randomly distributed with residual damage. We investigate a realistic maintenance policy, referred to as condition-based availability limit policy, which achieves the maximum availability(More)
Distributed sensing, a system-wide deployment of sensing devices, has resulted in both temporally and spatially dense data-rich environments. This new technology provides unprecedented opportunities for quality and productivity improvement. This paper discusses the state-of-the-art practice, research challenges, and future directions related to distributed(More)
This paper considers the problem of container inspection at a port-of-entry. Containers are inspected through a specific sequence to detect the presence of nuclear materials, biological and chemical agents, and other illegal shipments. The threshold levels of sensors at inspection stations of the port-of-entry affect the probabilities of incorrectly(More)
The problem of container inspection at ports-of-entry is formulated in several different ways as an optimization problem. Data generated from different analytical methods, x-ray detectors, gamma-ray detectors and other sensors used for the detection of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, explosive, and other illicit agents are often relied upon to(More)
We consider the problem of determining the optimum process mean and screening limits of a surrogate variable associated with product quality under a two-stage screening procedure. In this procedure, the surrogate variable is inspected first to decide whether an item should be accepted, rejected or additional observations should be taken. If additional(More)
In this study, the effects of simvastatin on the blood pressure and on the antihypertensive activity of ramipril in hypertensive hypercholesterolemic animals and patients were evaluated. In hypertensive hypercholesterolemic animals, repeated administration of simvastatin slightly but significantly decreased the systolic blood pressure, enhanced its(More)