A New Two-Stage Fuzzy Inference System-Based Approach to Prioritize Failures in Failure Mode and Effect Analysis

Tay, Kai Meng and Jee, T.L and Lim, C.P (2015) A New Two-Stage Fuzzy Inference System-Based Approach to Prioritize Failures in Failure Mode and Effect Analysis. IEEE Transaction on Reliability (99). pp. 1-9. ISSN 0018-9529


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This paper presents a new Fuzzy Inference System (FIS)-based Risk Priority Number (RPN) model for the prioritization of failures in Failure Mode and Effect Analysis (FMEA). In FMEA, the monotonicity property of the RPN scores is important. To maintain the monotonicity property of an FIS-based RPN model, a complete and monotonically-ordered fuzzy rule base is necessary. However, it is impractical to gather all (potentially a large number of) fuzzy rules from FMEA users. In this paper, we introduce a new two-stage approach to reduce the number of fuzzy rules that needs to be gathered, and to satisfy the monotonicity property. In stage-1, a Genetic Algorithm (GA) is used to search for a small set of fuzzy rules to be gathered from FMEA users. In stage-2, the remaining fuzzy rules are deduced approximately by a monotonicity-preserving similarity reasoning scheme. The monotonicity property is exploited as additional qualitative information for constructing the FIS-based RPN model. To assess the effectiveness of the proposed approach, a real case study with information collected from a semiconductor manufacturing plant is conducted. The outcomes indicate that the proposed approach is effective in developing an FIS-based RPN model with only a small set of fuzzy rules, which is able to satisfy the monotonicity property for prioritization of failures in FMEA.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Failure mode and effect analysis,fuzzy inference system, fuzzy rule reduction,monotonicity property, similarity reasoning, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Engineering
Faculties, Institutes, Centres > Faculty of Engineering
Depositing User: Meng
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2015 03:50
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2015 04:32
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/8142

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