Quality control and reliability for a total weapon system. By Eloise E. Bean and Wilbur A. Steger.

by Eloise E. Bean

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Presentation of a technique that may be useful to both military and industrial decisionmakers in the areas of quality control anf reliability. The technique includes manned and all-computer simulations as well as an analysis of trade-offs among reliability, quality control, support, and the weapon end-item. A model is described that generates part failures and demands for support resources for a large-scale weapon system. The memorandum allows for an estimation of expected system downtime and system resource costs associated with maintenance tasks.

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