FMS Reliability is Fred Schenkelberg’s consultancy name.

This site serves two purposes.

First to provide you with information and resources to help you make better decisions concerning reliability.

Second, to let you know about me and the services I provide. I look forward to our conversations and solving reliability challenges together.

Contact me with any reliability related questions and I will try to answer it for you. (408) 710-8248, email, or @fmsreliability

Top Posts

I typically post blog entries three times a week, plus publish a daily Reliability Quote of the Day. To be sure to not miss my newest posts, you can subscribe via RSS or email. Below are a few of the top posts from each series.

Musings on Reliability and Maintainability Topics

Short essays and thoughts (musings) on reliability and maintenance engineering topics. Let me know your reaction and thought, plus any questions. RSS or email using signup form to the right (select Musings). (note: I’ve moved the Musing blog to Accendo Reliability. My project to provide reliability engineering professional development material online.)


What started as a simple observation has developed into a personal mission to stop the widespread misuse, misunderstanding and misinformation circling around MTBF. The acronym, MTBF, stands for Mean Time Between Failure. It is very likely the worst four letter acronym in the reliability engineering profession. Contribute with your stories about your reliability program and measures. RSS or email using signup form on NoMTBF homepage.

CRE Preparation

The ASQ Certified Reliability Engineer certification is first obtained via an exam. The four hour exam covers a wide body of knowledge deemed important for reliability engineers to have mastered.

This blog is a simple attempt to help those preparing for the exam. It is my notes and observations as I either teach a prep course or support students. RSS or email using signup form on bottom of the homepage.

Reliability Quote of the Day

Quotes on leadership, process, technology, life and achievement set to images and sent to those interested in a little inspiration every day. Sign up for daily email over on right sidebar (select Quote of the Day)

My Biography

I, Fred Schenkelberg, am the reliability expert at FMS Reliability, a reliability engineering and management consulting firm I founded in 2004. I left Hewlett Packard (HP)’s Reliability Team, where I helped create a culture of reliability across the corporation, to assist other organizations. Reliability engineering is the key to improving operational efficiencies, customer satisfaction, and the bottom line in today’s global marketplace.

My passion is working with teams to improve product reliability, customer satisfaction, and efficiencies in product development; and to reduce product risk and warranty costs. My areas of expertise are: reliability program development, accelerated life test design and analysis, reliability statistics, risk assessment, test planning, and training. Given the scope of my work, I am considered an international authority.

In addition to reliability consulting, my firm FMS Reliability offers reliability education and training, reliability engineering, digital content publishing, and reliability event production services.

My mission is first, to solve problems and generate results. And second, to improve each client’s understanding and capabilities concerning reliability so that they can solve similar issues themselves if they arise in the future. I am a teacher, coach, and mentor. Clients and colleagues value my integrity and “can-do” attitude. I live by the motto, “Do. Or do not! There is no try….” as proclaimed by Yoda to Luke Skywalker in the swamps of Dagobah.  I also believe in taking risks ─ what rock climber and world explorer doesn’t?

Contact me and let’s talk about how I can improve your reliability program or product’s reliability performance.

(408) 710-8248



Career Highlights Span 20 Years


My skills in reliability engineering consulting and professional development were built over 20+ years of experience in the field, during which time I worked on over 150 design and maintenance programs. I have expertise in reliability design, engineering and management practices, reliability engineering management training, reliability program assessment, reliability statistics, accelerated life data analysis, quality control, and engineering tools and practices. My background includes:


  • Degrees in physics and statistics
  • Math, electrical, polymer engineering experience
  • Advanced problem solving skills
  • Leadership and communication skills


I established and built the Hewlett Packard (HP) Corporate Reliability Program which resulted in a broad range of HP product qualifications and assessments. I also conducted research and development on a variety of HP product reliability management challenges. I previously worked as a design and manufacturing engineer on HP DeskJet printers. Before HP, I held several positions with Raychem Corporation including research and development of accelerated life testing of polymer-based heating cables.


Lecturer, Speaker, Blogger… I Have a Lot to Say


A graduate course lecturer with the University of Maryland on reliability engineering management, I am the Executive Producer of the ASQ Reliability Division Webinar program, and a member of the IEEE reliability standards development team. I was recently appointed to the U.S. delegation as a voting member of the IEC TC 56 – Durability and the U.S. TAG to ISO TC 69 Applications of statistical methods teams.  A regular speaker at the Reliability and Maintainability Symposium (RAMS®) and other conferences, I also blog at CREPrep.wordpress.com NoMTBF.com, and Musings.


My Bachelor of Science in Physics is from the United States Military Academy and I have a Master of Science in Statistics from Stanford University. I enjoy rock climbing, triathlons, exploring the world, continual learning, and cooking.

Current Resume

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