Publication Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2008

Abstract

Classical multi-echelon repairable item inventory models are based either on steady-state analysis or infinite repair capacity, which may not work well in situations when the demand is nonstationary, or repair capacity is limited. In this paper, we propose an analytical model for evaluating system performance that works well under limited repair capacity and nonstationary demands. Following the METRIC methodology, we then develop an optimisation algorithm to solve the corrective maintenance problem in military logistics. Experimental results show that our approach yields good solutions efficiently. This work has also resulted in a software that has been field-tested by a military organisation.

Keywords

multi-echelon inventory systems, repairable items, queueing, maintenance, military logistics, inventory models, performance evaluation, limited repair capacity, nonstationary demands.

Discipline

Computer Sciences | Operations and Supply Chain Management

Research Areas

Intelligent Systems and Decision Analytics

Publication

International Journal of Inventory Research

Volume

1

Issue

1

First Page

67

Last Page

92

ISSN

1746-6962

Identifier

10.1504/IJIR.2008.019209

Publisher

InderScience

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJIR.2008.019209

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