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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Building your Google Resume for Reliability Engineering

September 30, 2014
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The Expanded Reliability Engineering Resume I’ve recently received a couple of notes from individuals looking at starting a career in reliability engineering. One is a student looking at a career path, another a working engineer with an interesting in reliability. Both asked how to land a position given no reliability engineering experience. Hum, I don’t […]

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When to do a reliability prediction

September 21, 2014
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How often does your team make reliability predictions? The easy answer is very often. Each time you want to know how long a product will operate. The accompanying question on how well the estimate will match actual performance makes the real answer more difficult. We regularly and intuitively do reliability predictions all the time. When […]

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When does an FMEA study make sense?

September 10, 2014
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When to do FMEA Failure modes and effect analysis is a tool to identify potential failures and prioritize based on severity, occurrence and detection. I like to describe FMEA as an organized brainstorm. You probably have some experience with FMEA. In some industries there is a high expectation or mandate to do an FMEA study. […]

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When to conduct HALT?

September 1, 2014
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When to do HALT HALT (highly accelerated life testing) is a method to reveal product weaknesses. Design prototypes experience step-stress application of relevant stresses until failures appear. The intent is to find design or process related weaknesses early in the design process thus providing time to economically address the issue. Using a build-test-fix approach does […]

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How to Assess Your Reliability Program

August 3, 2014
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How to Assess Your Reliability Program “How do you know so much about our program?” was a question the quality manager asked after reading the assessment report. The assessment took one day with eight interviews. The reliability that results is going to happen whether or not the team designing the product or production line deliberately […]

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Reliability Risk Reduction Tools

July 28, 2014
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Risk Reduction Tools The process to create a new product has risk. There are safety, technical, schedule and financial risks The risk of product failing more often then deemed acceptable by the customer or the business falls in the realm of reliability engineering to address. We can provide insight on what is expected to failure […]

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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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