Maintenance Engineering Management Applications of Artificial Intelligence
The author has surveyed for the Engineering Branch of the Royal Air Force the potential applications of Artificial Intelligence techniques to aircraft maintenance management. This paper identifies the characteristics of faults and maintenance work, covers the characteristics of maintenance management, discusses computer-aiding, and summarises the methodology and the results of the aircraft-oriented survey. Six application classes were identified: Intelligent Front Ends, consultative aids to technical manuals, maintenance regulations and “good practices”, diagnostic aids for novel and familiar faults, an equipment assignment aid, and a maintenance work scheduling aid. The results of the survey are generalised to the maintenance of other types of plant and equipment.
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