Production Characteristics of Hi-Valu Airframe Spare Parts

by J. R. Renshaw

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An examination of the manufacturing processes of a selected group of Hi-Valu airframe spares and of some opportunities for increased flexibility in supply through the use of buffer stocks. The major types of spares (continuous production spares, periodic production spares, and vendor items) are examined, and in particular the group of Hi-Valu airframe spares on the F-104 Starfighter are considered. It is concluded that the ratio of continuous production parts to periodic production parts for complete spares and the very different ratio for components influence decisions on the composition of a buffer stock.

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