Predictive Analytics for Optimal Repair Determination

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8501-19-P-0007
Agency Tracking Number: F182-016-0955
Amount: $149,955.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF182-016
Solicitation Number: 2018.2
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2018
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-11-15
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2019-11-15
Small Business Information
1100 Park Drive, Warner Robins, GA, 31088
DUNS: 080339743
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Rich Hardwick
 (478) 971-6766
 rich.hardwick@alaesolutions.com
Business Contact
 April Lankford
Phone: (478) 971-6765
Email: april.lankford@alaesolutions.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
United States Air Force Supply Chain Management (SCM) processes are based upon repairable parts demand, such as Shop Replaceable Units (SRU) and Circuit Card Assemblies (CCA), and not Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF). The rule of repair being 75% of the asset cost drives many assets to be repaired many times over the lifecycle of the item. Specifically, if the estimated repair cost is < 75% of the acquisition cost, the asset will be routed for repair. Complex Electronic Warfare assets, which frequently cost $250K or more per SRU, may have CCAs with multiple layers and the repair process itself can, over time, introduce additional failure modes. This can have the effect of greatly reducing the MTBF over time. Additionally, less complex, lower cost assets might be better treated as non-repairable. If these assets were condemned and replaced with new assets versus being repaired, it might allow large life cycle cost savings in logistics sustainment and increase weapon system availability.The opportunity exists to develop an intelligent decision support tool to optimize the total life-cycle repair costs and repair time for a SCM asset utilizing predictive analytics for asset life cycle models that predicts MTBF and Remaining Useful Life (RUL).

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