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The Failure Mode Effect Analysis

Should You use a Top Down or Bottom Up Approach?

A Failure Mode Effect Analysis (FMEA) or a Failure Mode Effect Criticality Analysis (FMECA) are great tools to help develop an effective maintenance strategy. These tools enable organizations to dive down to the failure mode level and develop preventive, predictive, or other tactics to prevent or mitigate failures.
However, there is a struggle that takes place with FMEAs of how much is enough […]
By |2019-04-19T15:49:14-04:00March 4th, 2019|Equipment Strategy, Reliability Centered Maintenance, Reliability Engineering|Comments Off on The Failure Mode Effect Analysis

Understanding the Importance of Machine Bases

How to ensure your assets are on a solid foundation

Installing an asset is a critical step that can impact reliability short term and long term.  Often times assets are installed without much thought.  They are thrown on the machine base, anchors drilled and away the operation goes.

But while focusing on the Installation – Potential Failure – Failure curve, it becomes obvious that time and precision during the installation point can greatly extend the life of the […]

By |2019-04-19T15:49:19-04:00February 12th, 2018|Defect Elimination, Reliability Engineering, Work Quality|Comments Off on Understanding the Importance of Machine Bases

Taking Reliability Block Diagrams to the Next Level

Using RBDs to model different systems and circumstances

In the previous post, the basics of a Reliability Block Diagram were covered using simple Series or Parallel paths.  In real life, most systems or processes are not that simple and require a different level or type of models, often used in combination with other types.

So in our continued exploration of RBDs, let’s explore a few different models that may be used.


K out of N Models is […]

By |2019-04-19T15:49:29-04:00July 24th, 2017|Defect Elimination, Reliability Engineering|Comments Off on Taking Reliability Block Diagrams to the Next Level

Understanding Reliability Block Diagrams

How To Evaluate The Reliability Of A System Or Process

60% of failures and safety issues can be prevented by ensuring there is a robust equipment design and that Maintenance & Reliability is taken into account during the design phase. Equipment should be designed with the following in mind;


  • Designed for Fault Tolerance
  • Designed to Fail Safely
  • Designed with early warning of the failure to the user
  • Designed with a built-in diagnostic system to identify fault location
  • Designed to […]

The Role of Software In Reliability Engineering

Deciding if Software is Right For Your Program

Let’s face it, the field of reliability engineering is diverse and full of statistics, models and detailed analysis.  The detailed calculations, the building of models and analysis, have been performed with great success in the past and currently.  The models built through manual calculation have been successful and demonstrated the importance of reliability engineering.

In today’s environment where multiple models may be required for slight variants of a design or […]