A perceptual computing-based method to prioritize failure modes in failure mode and effect analysis and its application to edible bird nest farming

Kok, Chin Chai and Chian, Haur Jong and Kai, Meng Tay and Chee, Peng Lim (2016) A perceptual computing-based method to prioritize failure modes in failure mode and effect analysis and its application to edible bird nest farming. Applied Soft Computing Journal, 49. pp. 734-747. ISSN 15684946

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A failure mode and effect analysis (FMEA) procedure that incorporates a novel Perceptual Computing (Per-C)–based Risk Priority Number (RPN) model is proposed in this paper. The proposed model considers linguistic uncertainties and vagueness of words, because it is more natural to use words, instead of numerals, for an FMEA user to express his/her knowledge when he/she provides an assessment. Therefore, it is important to consider the inherited uncertainties in words used by humans for assessment as an additional risk factor in the entire FMEA reasoning process. As such, we propose to use Per-C to analyze the uncertainties in words provided by different FMEA users. There are three potential sources of risks. Firstly, the risk factors of Severity (S), Occurrence (O), and Detection (D) are graded using words by each FMEA user, and indicated as interval type-2 fuzzy sets (IT2FSs). Secondly, the relative importance of S, O, and D are reflected by the weights given by each FMEA user in words, which are indicated as IT2FSs. Thirdly, the expertise level of each FMEA user is reflected by words, which are expressed as IT2FSs too. The proposed Per-C-RPN model allows these three sources of risks from each FMEA user to be considered and combined in terms of IT2FSs. A case study related to edible bird nest farming in Borneo Island is reported. The results indicate the effectiveness of the proposed model. In summary, this paper contributes to a new Per-C-RPN model that utilizes imprecise assessment grades pertaining to group decision making in FMEA.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Perceptual computing, Failure Mode and Effect Analysis, Edible bird nest, Interval type II fuzzy sets, Linguistic uncertainties, Computing with words, Group decision making, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education
Subjects: T Technology > T Technology (General)
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Engineering
Depositing User: Ibrahim
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2016 01:15
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2017 02:33
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/13928

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