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Case studies were conducted using a stochastic model to predict the life cycle cost impact associated with the application of prognostic health management (PHM) to helicopter avionics. The life cycle costs of systems that assumed unscheduled maintenance and fixed-interval scheduled maintenance were compared to the costs of precursor-to-failure and life(More)
This paper presents a model that enables the optimal interpretation of Prognostics and Health Management (PHM) results for electronic systems. In this context, optimal interpretation of PHM results means translating PHM information into maintenance policies and decisions that minimize life cycle costs, or maximize availability or some other utility(More)
This paper presents a warranty forecasting method based on stochastic simulation of expected product warranty returns. This methodology is presented in the context of a high-volume product industry and has a specific application to automotive electronics. The warranty prediction model is based on a piecewise application of Weibull and exponential(More)
This paper presents a test/diagnosis/rework analysis model for use in technical cost modeling of electronic assemblies. The approach includes a model of test operations characterized by fault coverage, false positives, and defects introduced in test, in addition to rework and diagnosis operations that have variable success rates and their own defect(More)
Many technologies have lifecycles that are shorter than the lifecycle of the product they are in. Lifecycle mismatches caused by the obsolescence of technology (and particularly the obsolescence of electronic parts) results in high sustainment costs for long field life systems, e.g., avionics and military systems. This paper presents a methodology for(More)
This paper presents a framework for optimizing the location(s) and characteristics (fault coverage/test cost, rework success rate/rework cost) of Test/Diagnosis/Rework (TDR) operations in the assembly process for electronic systems. A new search algorithm called Waiting Sequence Search (WSS) is applied to traverse a general process flow in order to perform(More)