n South African Journal of Industrial Engineering - Insights into beyond-life complex systems suffering from obsolescence

Volume 29 Number 2
  • ISSN : 1012-277X



Supporting and maintaining complex systems in developing countries has numerous challenges, especially in systems that suffer from obsolescence and operate beyond their designed life. Existing methodologies in developing an integrated logistics support system (ILSS) in developed countries are based on resources that are readily available, while in developing countries this is not always the case, and so grounded design rules within a robust framework are required. Various methods and six case studies of high technology systems were used for this paper. Obsolescence effects are considerably wider than the retirement and obsolescence component of present frameworks.

Ondersteuning en instandhouding van komplekse stelsels in ontwikkelende lande het talle uitdagings, veral in stelsels wat verouder en langer as hul ontwerpslewe bedryf word. Bestaande metodologieë vir die ontwikkeling van ’n geïntegreerde logistieke ondersteuningstelsel in ontwikkelde lande berus op hulpbronne wat geredelik beskikbaar is, terwyl dit in ontwikkelende lande nie altyd die geval is nie. Daar word ook grondige ontwerpreëls binne ’n robuuste raamwerk vereis. Gemengde metodes is aangewend en ses gevallestudies van hoëtegnologie stelsels is vir hierdie studie gebruik. Verouderingseffekte is aansienlik wyer as die aftrede- en verouderingskomponent van bestaande raamwerke.

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