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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How to Enhance Reliability Goal Importance

November 20, 2014
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How to connect reliability goals to business objectives Reliability goals provide you and your team a focus for the reliability program. They provide a measurable way to design, test, and maintain systems that meet customer expectations. Goal of any kind in a business is relatively easy to set and publish. They are not easy to […]

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Reliability Engineering is More Than Tools

November 13, 2014
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Reliability Engineering is More Than Tools Reliability engineering is blend of disciplines from material science to asset management. We use problem solving, design, maintenance, and statistical tools on a regular basis, yet that is not the only thing we do. Having met a few engineers that define their role as a reliability engineer as conducting […]

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The True Importance of Reliability Block Diagrams

November 5, 2014
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The True Importance of Reliability Block Diagrams A reliability block diagram is a graphical and statistical representation of the reliability structure of a system. Graphical as an RBD is drawn with blocks for each element of a system and connecting lines representing the relationship between elements.

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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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Select the appropriate reliability prediction approach

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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