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Volume 2018 (2018), Article ID 4084917, 8 pages
Research Article

Reliability Assessment Methodology for Massive Manufacturing Using Multi-Function Equipment

1Department of Industrial Engineering, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Av. España 1680, 2340000 Valparaiso, Chile
2Department of Mining Engineering, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Av. Vicuña Mackenna 4860, Santiago, Chile

Correspondence should be addressed to M. López-Campos

Received 28 September 2017; Accepted 7 December 2017; Published 20 February 2018

Academic Editor: Jorge Luis García-Alcaraz

Copyright © 2018 M. López-Campos et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Experience reveals that reliability varies depending on the characteristics of operation. The manufacturing process based on multifunction equipment gives a usual case of variation in operating conditions. This work presents a methodology for the reliability analysis of multifunction processes, using the RCM approach, and a modification of the Universal Generating Function (UGF) under a massive manufacturing context. The result is a characterization of reliability, for each piece of equipment and for the production system. The methodology is applied in a workshop of a textile industry, where there is prior evidence that the failure behavior varies according to the type of function executed by multifunction machines.