System modeling: A foundation for costing through-life availability provision

Ettore Settanni, Nils E. Thenent, Linda B. Newnes

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Under performance-guaranteeing contracts, such as availabilitybased contracts, the Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) have become increasingly concerned with understanding and managing the cost of their commitment to deliver specific results to customer through-life. However, current approaches to cost estimating hardly offer more than sheer claims of the existence of a link between cost and organizational performance – no matter whether products, services or product-service-systems (PSS) are at stake. This paper presents an intermediate step towards a computational structure explicitly linking cost and performance for PSS. A PSS is represented formally as a system combining assets and activities delivering the results OEMs are committed to through-life. Inter-temporal aspects of PSS provision which typically define the successful delivery of an asset’s availability are taken into account. Network formalism and principles derived from Input-Output Analysis are employed to base PSS cost estimation on a representation of a PSS as a ‘system’.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProduct Lifecycle Management for Society - 10th IFIPWG 5.1 International Conference, PLM 2013, Proceedings
EditorsAlain Bernard, Debasish Dutta, Louis Rivest
Place of PublicationNew York, U. S. A.
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9783642415005
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013
Event10th IFIP WG 5.1 International Conference on Product Lifecycle Management for Society, PLM 2013 - Nantes, France
Duration: 6 Jul 201310 Jul 2013

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology


Conference10th IFIP WG 5.1 International Conference on Product Lifecycle Management for Society, PLM 2013


  • Availability contracts
  • Defence aerospace
  • Input-Output Analysis
  • Product-Service-System
  • Systems
  • Through-life costing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems and Management


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