Reliability Centered Maintenance Scheduler (RCMS) Tool

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-04-M-2448
Agency Tracking Number: F041-184-2728
Amount: $99,965.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2004
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: AF04-184
Solicitation Number: 2004.1
Small Business Information
KNOWLEDGE BASED SYSTEMS, INC.
1408 University Drive East, College Station, TX, 77840
DUNS: 555403328
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Michael Painter
 Senior Systems Analyst
 (979) 260-5274
 mpainter@kbsi.com
Business Contact
 Donielle Mayer
Title: Business Operations Manager
Phone: (979) 260-5274
Email: dmayer@kbsi.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The objective of this project is to develop, demonstrate, and successfully deploy a genetic algorithm-based, Reliability Centered Maintenance Scheduler (RCMS) tool and supporting application methodology to help users maximize propulsion system availability while simultaneously minimizing life cycle cost. Unlike on-condition maintenance (OCM), which involves repairs or replacements driven by policy (e.g., periodic maintenance schedules) and/or failure to meet specified form, fit, or function specification limits, the RCMS methodology considers the overall effects of possible maintenance actions _ or the risk of not performing those maintenance actions _ on aggregate level metrics like engine availability, performance, and life cycle cost. This effort expands the RCM concept to treat aircraft engines as part of a propulsion system that is either now, or at some point will be, part of an individual aircraft system. Using the products of this effort, users in the depot and field maintenance units will have visibility and decision support enabling them to develop effective engine maintenance plans and schedules in a user-friendly, multi-criteria optimization environment.

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