Programmed Depot Maintenance Capacity Assessment Tool: Workloads, Capacity, and Availability

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Rand Corporation, 2007 - Political Science - 87 pages
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Aging U.S. Air Force fleets have deterioration problems, resulting in increased maintenance workloads. Programmed depot maintenance (PDM) is significant, requiring 2,000 to 50,000 labor hours and material. RAND developed the PDM Capacity Assessment Tool (PDMCAT), applied it to the KC-135 PDM process, with three alternative forecasts of future workload and two fleet-size scenarios, to inform aircraft availability and resource allocation decisions.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Organization of This Monograph
2
A Note About the Data in This Monograph
3
Background and Theory
5
Modeling the PDM Process
9
Using the Model Obtaining Relevant Data and Designing Cases for Assessment
13
Obtaining Relevant Data
15
Estimating Future Workloads
18
Computing Production and Future Induction Values
34
Forecasting and Managing NearTerm KC135 PDM Work in Process
36
Workload Management Can Mitigate the NearTerm Availability Shortfall
38
Forecasting and Managing LongTerm KC135 PDM Work In Process
39
Strategic Planning for Uncertain Future Workload Growth
42
Required Obligation Authority Depends on Workload Forecast and Management Option
43
AMC FleetRetention Plan and Workload Forecast
47
Conclusions
53

Estimating Future Labor Application Rates or Handson Burn Rates
21
Why Recent Production Matters
25
Designing Cases
26
Comparing PDMCAT Forecasts Against Recent History
28
Planning for the Unknown
29
Findings
31
Estimated KC135 Work in Process and Historical Values
32
Limitations of the PDMCAT Model
55
Next Steps for PDMCAT Modeling and Use
56
Different Approaches to Forecasting Availability
59
Extending BJB Analysis to MultipleServer Cases
73
Estimating Parameters
77
References
85
Copyright

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Erik La Prade has a B.A and an M.A. from City College, New York. Aegis Press published his first book, THINGS MAPS DON'T SHOW, in 1995, and Linear Arts Books released his second, FIGURE STUDIES, in May 2000. Some of his poems have appeared in FISH DRUM, NIGHT MAGAZINE, THE HAT, THE READING ROOM, THE NEW YORK TIMES, and ARTIST ANT INFLUENCE. He also has articles and interviews in THE BROOKLYN RAIL, CAPTURED: A HISTORY OF FILM AND VIDEO ON THE LOWER EAST SIDE, and THE OUTLAW BIBLE OF AMERICAN ESSAYS.

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