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Performability of systems based on renewal process models

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2 Author(s)
Rupe, J. ; US West Advanced Technols., Boulder, CO, USA ; Way Kuo

A system of N statistically identical machines is modeled using renewal theory through a unique architecture and state space. The model is very useful in evaluating flexible manufacturing systems (FMS) in particular. Each machine consists of multiple part types that are subject to individual failure. A multiple stage repair process composed of integrable sojourn time distributions requires access to spare parts to repair down machines. A performability measure is used to gauge system effectiveness for this partially degradable system, and an example is given

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Systems, Man and Cybernetics, Part A: Systems and Humans, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:28 ,  Issue: 5 )