Cover: Using the Air Force Maintenance Data Collection System Data to Identify Candidates for Improvement in Reliability and Maintainability

Using the Air Force Maintenance Data Collection System Data to Identify Candidates for Improvement in Reliability and Maintainability

Published 1987

by Robert Petruschell, Giles K. Smith, T. F. Kirkwood

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This Note describes a preliminary and limited set of measures using data from the Air Force Maintenance Data Collection System (MDC) to identify likely candidates for reliability and maintainability (R&M) improvement. The method's usefulness depends on the user's having better than average knowledge of the MDC and of base-level maintenance. The MDC is a large, complex, and rich data system. Its magnitude alone is forbidding. The two-step method described shows how to distill these data, prepare useful metrics, and present these data in useful ways to R&M decisionmakers. Site investigations and interviews should be conducted to check the reasons for any high-maintenance activity and to understand variability among bases before any R&M improvement program is instituted on a particular system or component.

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