Efficient Product Support—Optimum and Realistic Spare Parts Forecasting

Part of the Springer Series in Reliability Engineering book series (RELIABILITY)


The required spare parts planning for a system/machine is an integral part of the product support strategy. The number of required spare parts can be effectively estimated on the basis of the product reliability characteristics. The reliability characteristics of an existing machine/system are influenced not only by the operating time, but also by factors such as the environmental parameters (e.g. dust, humidity, temperature, moisture, etc.), which can degrade or improve the reliability. In the product life cycle, for determining the accurate spare parts needs and for minimizing the machine life cycle cost, consideration of these factors are useful. Identification of the effects of operating environment factors (as covariates) on the reliability may facilitate more accurate prediction and calculation of the required spare parts for a system under given operating conditions. The Proportional Hazards Model (PHM) method is used for estimation of the hazard (failure) rate of components under the effect of covariates. The existing method for calculating the number of spare parts on the basis of the reliability characteristics, without consideration of covariates, is studied, modified and improved to arrive at the optimum spare parts requirement. In this chapter, an approach has been developed to forecast and estimate accurately the spare parts requirements considering operating environment and to create rational part ordering strategies. Subsequently, two methods of Poisson process and renewal process are introduced and discussed. The renewal process model uses a multiple regression type of analysis based on Cox’s proportional hazards modeling (PHM). The parametric approaches with baseline Weibull hazard functions and time independent covariates are considered, and the influence of operating environment factors on this model is analyzed. Only non-repairable components (changeable/service parts) which must be replaced upon failure are discussed.


Hazard Rate Planning Horizon Spare Part Life Cycle Cost Weibull Model 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Operation and Maintenance EngineeringLuleå University of TechnologyLuleåSweden

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