Musings on reliability and maintenance topics

Short essays and thoughts (musings) on reliability and maintenance engineering topics. Let me know your reaction and thought, plus any questions.
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Big Picture of Reliability Plans

July 20, 2014
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The big picture of reliability planning Reliability is an attribute of an item. The item, with its design, assembly and use, has a finite probability of working over some duration.  We deliberately attempt to create items that meet our and our customers expectations concerning that probability and duration. We maintain and operate our equipment with […]

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Reliability is not just statistics

July 11, 2014
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Is reliability just statistics? In a common definition used by engineers reliability is a probability of success. It is the chance of an item operating as expected over some duration in a given environment. In this case we have probability as part of the definition of reliability. Reliability in common use definition includes trustworthiness, dependability […]

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Reliability and Cost Reduction

July 6, 2014
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Cost reduction and reliability improvement I do not like procurement organizations. It is like saying you don’t like lawyers. I don’t know all procurement engineers or managers, so understand my statement is a grand generalization. It’s not the people I don’t like it’s a common behavior that I’ve witnessed countless times that I do not […]

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To change the reliability culture

June 27, 2014
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Ideas on changing the reliability culture Have you ever wished your organization would work together to achieve a reliable product? Not just a few individuals and a heavy reliance on the reliability team to focus on highlighting and fixing reliability issues. Some organizations tend to react to reliability issues. Prototype testing and field returns continue […]

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Perfect Reliability

June 21, 2014
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Perfect Reliability Is it possible to foresee all reliability issues before product launch? No. I don’t think so. Can we minimize surprises from field failures? Yes. The number of potential failures is often unknown.

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Reliability Success Stories

June 15, 2014
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Reliability Engineering Success Stories Reliability engineering has value. It can improve product reliability, increase uptime, and drive customer satisfaction, for example. Here are couple of stories based on real situations that resulted in significant value for the organization.

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Reliability Target Establishment

June 6, 2014
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How do you talk about Reliability? “The language we use matters.” Wayne Nelson How we talk about reliability does matter. It sets expectations and influences decisions. We talk about reliability as it is important to our customers and our business. The successful operation of the equipment in a plant permits the production of products. The […]

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Reliability Testing

May 30, 2014
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How to do the right reliability testing Years ago a client asked for help in reducing the amount of reliability testing they did for each project. They had a sense that some of the testing wasn’t useful. What they want to know was how to select the appropriate testing and be sure they wouldn’t miss […]

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Two Approaches to Reliability

May 26, 2014
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There are two basic approaches when addressing product reliability: Reactive or Proactive. Neither is right or wrong.

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Can you Delegate Reliability?

May 17, 2014
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The management team determines the desired product reliability and the means to create a product that meets the reliability objective.

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