WSEAS Transactions on Systems

Print ISSN: 1109-2777
E-ISSN: 2224-2678

Volume 17, 2018

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Volume 17, 2018

Decision Making Process to Evaluate the Optimum Power Unit Maintenance in Hydraulic Excavators

AUTHORS: Saki Gerassis, Julio F. García, Ángeles Saavedra, José E. Martín, Javier Taboada

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ABSTRACT: The power unit is the fundamental element of hydraulic excavators. Its actual technological evolution derives in a design complexity that makes it difficult either for mining constructors or engineers to predict accurately its failure. For this reason, the main objective of this work is to provide a suitable decision model to obtain the probability distribution that better reflects the fault occurrence on the power unit for mining excavators from a work management perspective. The proposed method relies on the probabilities for each fault typology in the power unit estimated from data of faults collected in different mining excavators throughout its operation life. An optimum maintenance strategy is modelled through an influence diagram in terms of repair costs and production losses, representing the direct and indirect costs engineers have to face when a machine breaks down. An interesting result is the identification of the probabilistic model that best reflects the estimation of prior fault probabilities of the power unit elements. Surprisingly, indirect costs due to lack of production are found to be about 4.5 times bigger than direct costs, reflecting the necessity for a maintenance strategy capable to reduce faults in the early stages avoiding costs to become expansive over time. The application of this decision model helps to minimize production losses at the same time engineers gain knowledge about the risk attitudes that boost an efficient management of uncertainties involved with the severity and time of appearance of certain types of faults.

KEYWORDS: Decision making, hydraulic excavator, maintenance, systems reliability, mining engineering, risk tolerance, power unit.


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