The Real Cost of Corrosion: Accounting for Downtime, Implications and Methodology
ARMY LAB COMMAND WATERTOWN MA MATERIAL TECHNOLOGY LAB
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The cost of corrosion uses the five-ton truck, Series 800, as the sample product in this pilot study because of its availability of historical maintenance data. It is the first study that attempts to account for the cost of downtime, due to corrosion, of an Army end item. Costing included parts, components, the three levels of maintenance labor, and supply and administrative time. The latter are the basic dollars spent for a system or end item that is out of commission due to some form of degradation. The methodology used to account for downtime is flexible enough to enable its use in estimating the monies spent on a variety of systems or end items where material degradation is a critical factor. The estimated results can be included in total life cycle support calculations. While corrosion is a multimillion dollar expense, material degradation is also a pervasive problem that can seriously undermine the Armys readiness posture. Author Keywords Tactical vehicles Data acquisition.
- Economics and Cost Analysis
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies