Supply Readiness Assessment: Some Notes on Repair Pipeline Responses.
PACIFIC AIR FORCES HICKAM AFB HI OPERATIONS ANALYSIS OFFICE
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In previous papers, a Supply Readiness Assessment SRA diagram was proposed as a framework within which peacetime MICAP data could be plotted. The MICAP data within the SRA diagram give a quickly comprehensible picture of those items which determine the peacetime supply readiness of the unit. Because the SRA diagram is rooted in and is consistent with the concepts of dynamic pipeline theory for reparable spare parts, that theory can be used to extrapolate the plotted peacetime data into wartime surge predictions. One of the benefits of the SRA approach is that very useful information can be obtained without detailed and extensive computer programs. That characteristic is just as desirable when the diagram is used predictively. This note provides numerous illustrative examples of repair pipeline responses to various changes in demand behavior and repair time distributions that describe individual parts. By studying the illustrations and understanding the functional response to changes, it quickly becomes apparent that linear approximations give very good extrapolations. Rules of thumb are discussed.
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