Spare parts management at the royal Netherlands navy: Vari-Metric and Beyond

W.D. Rustenburg, G.J. van Houtum, W.H.M. Zijm

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Abstract

This paper explores the applicability of sophisticated models and techniques for spare parts inventory management within a highly technology driven environment, viz. the Royal Netherlands Navy. In particular, we discuss the structure of the VARI-METRlC models as a tool that aims at a high availability rate of complete systems, and compare it with more classical inventory management approaches, aiming at a high availability of individual items. Unfortunately, the VARI-METRIC models suffer from a series of limiting assumptions that are not fulfilled within the Navy. We identify these shortcomings and suggest a number of extensions, to provide a firm basis for both the initial supply and the spare parts management during the exploitation period of systems.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEnschede
PublisherBETA, Institute for Business Engineering and Technology Application
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameBETA-publicatie
PublisherBETA, Institute for Business Engineering and Technology Application
No.WP-39 [30]

Keywords

  • Inventory management
  • Multi-echelon systems
  • Indenture levels

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