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Musings on Reliability and Maintenance Topics

Short essays and thoughts (musings) on reliability and maintenance engineering topics.

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The home of this blog has moved to Accendo Reliability. A reliability engineering professional development hub I’m developing. The set of articles in the Musings series for the core of the articles section of the site.

Thus you can find all the Musings at Accendo Reliability, plus you will find articles by other authors on a wide range of reliability topics.

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And, here are a few of the most recent articles in brief. Please click though to view the entire article.

  • July 28, 2021The 10 Steps to a Successful Ultrasound Program
    How to Ensure Maximum Results From Your Program How many times has your organization purchased equipment without fully understanding where, when and how it will be deployed?  I can’t count the number …
  • July 27, 2021Uptime Insights – 5 – Materials Management for Maintenance
    Materials management for maintenance purposes is often a big mess. When I visit operations (doesn’t matter what industry) I often hear complaints from maintainers that they cannot get the parts they n …
  • July 27, 2021Quality’s Journey to Create ‘Sustained Success’
    Guest Post by Robert Pojasek (first posted on CERM ® RISK INSIGHTS – reposted here with permission) The initial journey to create “sustained success” got off to a difficult start in 1987 when the inte …
  • July 26, 2021Right to Repair
    “Everything’s computerized now. The backyard mechanic is a thing of the past!”, I recall my father declaring more than 20 years ago while leaning over the open hood of my mother’s Ford Windstar. He wa …
  • July 26, 2021How can an OC Curve be Used to Manage the Risk of Undetected Special Causes?
    How can an OC Curve be Used to Manage the Risk of Undetected Special Causes? When applied properly, SPC provides manufacturers a proven method to increase profitability and achieve a deeper understand …
  • July 26, 2021How to Create Reorder Point analysis in Excel
    We will create a reorder point analysis file from scratch with simple CMMS data as our starting point. Learn how to create a file which will update automatically each time CMMS data is updated. [youtu …
  • July 26, 2021User Manual for Credible Reliability Prediction
    The ASQ Reliability Division (RD), copyrighted the 2003 monograph “Credible Reliability Prediction” (CRP) but lost all copies circa 2014. I pestered the RD to let me republish CRP, because people aske …
  • July 22, 2021Factors of Safety and Load Factors
    The new deepwater expansion joint design meets company requirements for factors of safety but cannot comply with ASME Section VIII load factors. How does the OEM engineering manager proceed?  A Factor …
  • July 22, 2021Reliability happens when you become impatient and selfish
    I often start teaching my reliability engineering courses … by focusing on other reliability engineering courses. Why? Because they exemplify what is wrong with how most ‘reliability experts’ go about …
  • July 22, 2021Anatomy of a ‘Failure’
    Where does ‘failure’ come from? Why do some things not go as we planned? When bad things happen, at that time, it can be chaotic and appear very complex. Often, in hindsight (when the urgency has fade …

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