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Scheduling multi-component maintenance with a greedy heuristic local search algorithm

  • Seyedmohsen HosseiniEmail author
  • Sifat Kalam
  • Kash Barker
  • Jose E. Ramirez-Marquez
Methodologies and Application
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Abstract

As many large-scale systems age, and due to budgetary and performance efficiency concerns, there is a need to improve the decision-making process for system sustainment, including maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) operations and the acquisition of MRO parts. To help address the link between sustainment policies and acquisition, this work develops a greedy heuristic-based local search algorithm (GHLSA) to provide a system maintenance schedule for multi-component systems, coordinating recommended component maintenance times to reduce system downtime costs, thereby enabling effective acquisition. The proposed iterative algorithm aims to minimize the sum of downtime, earliness and tardiness costs of scheduling, which contains three phases: (1) the construction phase, which uses a heuristic to construct an initial partial solution, (2) an improvement phase, which aims to improve the partial solution generated in the construction phase, and finally, (3) a local search phase, which performs a local search technique to the partial solution found in the improvement phase. The proposed algorithm makes a trade-off between exploration and exploitation of solutions. The experimental results for small (10 jobs) and large size (50 jobs) problems indicate that GHLSA outperforms both genetic algorithm and simulated annealing approaches in terms of solution quality and is similar in terms of efficiency.

Keywords

Maintenance scheduling Downtime Repair 

Abbreviations

DoD

Department of Defense

GA

Genetic algorithm

GAO

Government accountability office

GHBI

Greedy heuristic-based improvement

GHLSA

Greedy heuristic local search algorithm

GRASP

Greedy randomized adaptive search

LSD

Least significant difference

MRO

Maintenance, repair and overhaul

MTBF

Mean time between failure

OEM

Original equipment manufacturer

PMSP

Preventive maintenance scheduling problem

RCM

Reliability-centered maintenance

RPD

Relative proportion deviation

SA

Simulated annealing

Notes

Acknowledgements

This publication results from research supported by the Naval Postgraduate School Assistance Grant/Agreement No. N00244-12-1-0069 awarded by the NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center San Diego. The views expressed in written materials or publications do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Naval Postgraduate School nor do mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the US Government.

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Conflict of interest

The authors do not have conflicts of interest to disclose.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Seyedmohsen Hosseini
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sifat Kalam
    • 2
  • Kash Barker
    • 2
  • Jose E. Ramirez-Marquez
    • 3
  1. 1.Industrial Engineering TechnologyUniversity of Southern MississippiLong BeachUSA
  2. 2.School of Industrial and Systems EngineeringUniversity of OklahomaNormanUSA
  3. 3.School of Systems and EnterprisesStevens Institute of TechnologyHobokenUSA

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