Engineering Management Journal, Vol. 28, No. 1, pp. 3-13, 2016,

Applying Forgotten Lessons in Field Reliability Data Analysis to Performance-Based Support Contracts

Ettore Settanni1, Linda B. Newnes1, Nils E. Thenent1, Glenn C. Parry2, Daniel Bumblauskas3, Peter Sandborn4, Yee Mey Goh5
1 University of Bath
2 University of the West of England
3 University of Northern Iowa
4 University of Maryland
5 Loughborough University


Assumptions used in field reliability data analysis may be seldom made explicit or questioned in practice, yet these assumptions affect how engineering managers develop metrics for use in long-term support contracts. To address this issue, this article describes a procedure to avoid the pitfalls in employing the results of field data analysis for repairable items. The procedure is implemented with the aid of a simplified example based on a real case study in defense avionics and is streamlined so that the computations can be replicated in other applications.

Keywords: Avionics, Case Study, Performance-Based Logistics, Reliability Data, Repairable Items, Statistical Analysis .

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