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MAINTAINABILITY--A PRIMER IN DESIGNING FOR PROFIT.
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF
Maintainability and maintenance are of interest not only to the military and aero-space system designer but also to those engaged in the design of industrial and consumer products. Research in support technology which includes the development of design techniques and operational methods that improve the performance of maintenance, and tools and equipments that extend the art of measurements, will find numerous and useful applications in the non-military and non-space fields. The difficult task of implementing these developments will fall to the designer rather than to the Maintainability Engineer simply because the economics of consumer and industrial product manufacturing will not allow the added expense of support functions for engineering. In view of the rapid growth of the Service Industries in this country as evidenced by a rise in its contribution to the Gross National Products of 6 in the last ten years which can be projected to more than 12 for the next ten years, there will be a great need for more and better skills in support technology. This need must be satisfied by the design and systems engineers who must improve their skills and strive to become complete engineers rather than specialists. Author