Accession Number : AD0282619

Title :   HUMAN FACTORS RESEARCH IN ELECTRONICS MAINTENANCE: AN ANALYSIS OF RECENT TRENDS, WITH SOME SUGGESTIONS FOR THE FUTURE

Corporate Author : UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA LOS ANGELES ENGINEER WATERWAYS EXPERIMENT STATION*

Personal Author(s) : RIGNEY,JOSEPH W. ; HOFFMAN,LYLE S.

Report Date : JUL 1962

Pagination or Media Count : 1

Abstract : The present status of human factors research and development in the electronics maintenance field and some needed research approaches for the future are assessed. Selected literature pertaining to maintenance was reviewed to uncover important trends. Six broad areas are identified, and representative studies in each, along with their implications, are discussed. (1) The measurement of maintainability of equipment in the field has been attempted from a time-oriented and a feature-oriented bas . Procedures for predicting the maintainability of future equipment rely on simulating failure rates and repair actions. (2) Numerous military standards and specifications, and human factors handbooks to guide the design of equipment for maintainability have been produced. (3) The automation of maintenance tasks, by means of automated test equipment, has been a major effort in the development of most large equipment systems. (4) There have been relatively few studies of maintenance variables which have used the classical experimental method. (5) Many investigations in traditional personnel areas have been conducted in the maintenance field. (6) Mathematical modeling techniques are being used to simulate human problem solving and other complex behavioral processes. (Author)

Descriptors :   *ELECTRONICS, *HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING, *MAINTENANCE PERSONNEL, AUTOMATION, HANDBOOKS, MAINTENANCE

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE