Gets professionals quickly on-line with all the crucial design concepts and skills they need to dramatically improve the maintainability of their products or systems Maintainability is a practical, step-by-step guide to implementing a comprehensive maintainability program within your organization's design and development function.
From program scheduling, organizational interfacing, cost estimating, and supplier activities, to maintainability prediction, task analysis, formal design review, and maintainability tests and demonstrations, it describes all the planning and organizational aspects of maintainability for projects under development and Schools readers in state-of-the-art maintainability design techniques Demonstrates methods for quantitatively measuring maintainability at every stage of the development process Shows how to increase effectiveness while reducing life-cycle costs of already existing systems or products Features numerous case studies, sample applications, and practice exercises Functions equally well as a professional reference and a classroom text Independent cost analysis studies indicate that an inordinately large percentage of the overall life-cycle cost of most systems/products is currently taken up by maintenance and support. In fact, for many large-scale systems, maintenance and support have been shown to account for as much as 60 per cent to 75 per cent of overall life-cycle costs.
At a time of fierce global competition, long-term cost effectiveness is a major competitive advantage that manufacturers simply cannot afford to underestimate. Clearly then, to remain competitive in today's international marketplace, companies must institute programs for reducing system maintenance and support costs-- comprehensive programs that are an integral part of the design and development process from its earliest conceptual stages. This book shows you how to implement such a program within your organization's design and development function. From program scheduling, organizational interfacing, cost estimating, and supplier activities, to maintainability prediction, task analysis, formal design review, and maintainability tests and demonstrations, it describes all the planning and organizational aspects of maintainability for projects under development while schooling you in the use of the full range of proven design techniques--including methods for quantitatively measuring maintainability at every stage of the development process.
The authors also clearly explain how the principles and practices outlined in Maintainability can be applied to the evaluation of systems/products now in use both to increase their effectiveness and reduce long-term costs. While theoretical aspects of maintainability are discussed, the authors' main purpose in writing this book is to help get professionals quickly on-line with the essential maintainability concepts and skills. Hence, in addition to clarity of presentation and a rational hierarchical format, Maintainability features many case studies and sample applications that help to clarify the points covered, and numerous practice exercises that help engineers to test their mastery of the concepts and techniques covered. Maintainability is an invaluable professional tool for engineers from all disciplines who are involved with the design, testing, prototyping, manufacturing, and maintenance of products and systems. It also serves as a superior course book for graduate-level programs in those disciplines.
BENJAMIN S. BLANCHARD is Professor of Engineering and AssistantDean, College of Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute andState University. He is Chairman of the Systems EngineeringGraduate Program, responsible for the College's off-campus graduateengineering programs throughout Virginia, and coordinates theCollege's continuing education program activity. He teaches coursesin systems engineering, reliability and maintainability, logisticsupport, maintenance management, and life-cycle costing. ProfessorBlanchard has worked in industry as a design engineer, fieldservice engineer, staff engineer, and engineering manager. He isauthor and coauthor of numerous textbooks and journal articles, andis a frequent lecturer throughout Asia, Australia, Europe, and theUnited States.
DINESH VERMA is Senior Research Associate, Industrial and SystemsEngineering Department, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and StateUniversity. He manages the Systems Design Laboratory and ispursuing research activities in systems engineering,maintainability and maintenance management, logistics, and fuzzylogic. His sponsored research activities have included thedevelopment of design evaluation software tools, and he haspublished a monograph and numerous technical papers in this andrelated areas.
ELMER L. PETERSON is an officer and private consultant with IntecAssociates, Inc. He has taught many courses in systems engineering,maintainability, and logistics throughout the United States,Europe, and Asia for various universities and professionalsocieties. Mr. Peterson has many years of industrial experience asa project manager for aircraft and space systems. His areas ofexpertise include: logistics, interim contractor support, systemsengineering, and maintainability. Before joining industry, he spenttwenty-one years in the U.S. Air Force as a maintenance andtraining specialist.