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A Probabilistic Tool that Aids Logistics Engineers in the Establishment of High Confidence Repair Need-Dates at the NASA Shuttle Logistics DepotThe NASA Shuttle Logistics Depot (NSLD) is tasked with the responsibility for repair and manufacture of Line Replaceable Unit (LRU) hardware and components to support the Space Shuttle Orbiter. Due to shrinking budgets, cost effective repair of LRU's becomes a primary objective. To achieve this objective, is imperative that resources be assigned to those LRU's which have the greatest expectation of being needed as a spare. Forecasting the times at which spares are needed requires consideration of many significant factors including: failure rate, flight rate, spares availability, and desired level of support, among others. This paper summarizes the results of the research and development work that has been accomplished in producing an automated tool that assists in the assignment of effective repair start-times for LRU's at the NSLD. This system, called the Repair Start-time Assessment System (RSAS), uses probabilistic modeling technology to calculate a need date for a repair that considers the current repair pipeline status, as well as, serviceable spares and projections of future demands. The output from the system is a date for beginning the repair that has significantly greater confidence (in the sense that a desired probability of support is ensured) than times produced using other techniques. Since an important output of RSAS is the longest repair turn-around time that will ensure a desired probability of support, RSAS has the potential for being applied to operations at any repair depot where spares are on-hand and repair start-times are of interest. In addition, RSAS incorporates tenants of Just-in-Time (JIT) techniques in that the latest repair start-time (i.e., the latest time at which repair resources must be committed) may be calculated for every failed unit This could reduce the spares inventory for certain items, without significantly increasing the risk of unsatisfied demand.
Document ID
Document Type
Conference Paper
Bullington, J. V. (Rockwell International Corp. Cocoa Beach, FL United States)
Winkler, J. C. (Rockwell International Corp. Cocoa Beach, FL United States)
Linton, D. G. (University of Central Florida Orlando, FL United States)
Khajenoori, S. (Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univ. Daytona Beach, FL United States)
Date Acquired
August 17, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1995
Publication Information
Publication: A Collection of Technical Papers from the 6th Space Logistics Symposium
Subject Category
Systems Analysis
Report/Patent Number
AIAA Paper 95-0910
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.

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