PurposeThe purpose of this paper is to propose a predictive maintenance (PdM) system for hybrid degradation processes with continuous degradation and sudden damage to improve maintenance effectiveness.Design/methodology/approachThe PdM system updates the degradation model using partial condition monitoring information based on degradation type judgment. In addition, an extended multi-step-ahead updating stopping condition is adopted for performance enhancement of the PdM system.FindingsAn extensive numerical investigation compares the performance of the PdM system with the corresponding preventive maintenance (PM) policy. By carefully choosing the updating stopping condition, the PdM policy performs better than the corresponding PM policy.Research limitations/implicationsThe proposed PdM system is applicable to single-unit systems. And the continuous degradation process should be well modeled by the stochastic linear degradation model (Gebraeel et al., 2009).Originality/valueIn literature, there are abundant studies on PdM policies for continuous degradation processes. However, research on hybrid degradation processes still focuses on condition-based maintenance policy and a PdM policy for a hybrid degradation process is still unreported. In this paper, a PdM system for hybrid degradation processes with continuous degradation and sudden damage is proposed. The PdM system decides PM schedules by fully utilizing the condition monitoring data of each specific product, and can hopefully improve maintenance effectiveness.
International Journal of Quality & Reliability Management – Emerald Publishing
Published: Aug 7, 2017