WHEN TO STOP SAMPLING AND INITIATE PRODUCT IMPROVEMENT
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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The relation between information collection and product improvement is considered. A rule is developed whereby the decision maker can determine when to stop gathering information and initiate product improvement. A simple technique is used for ranking product improvement candidates subsystems. The ranking depends on 1 the subsystems failure rate, 2 the number of subsystems of this type in the weapon system, 3 the cost in weapon system downtime of a subsystem failure, 4 the maintenance cost of a subsystem failure, 5 the initial cost of the weapon system and 6 the weapon systems expected service life.
- Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems