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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Role of Statistics in Reliability Engineering

This Isn’t Your High School Statistics Course

What does the word statistics bring to mind when you hear it?  Horrible high school classes that you sat through wondering why do I need this stuff?  Complex math problems what were almost impossible to figure out?  Or is it nonsense that is only used in political polls?

Statistics are used in every aspect of Reliability Engineering.  So if you don’t have a good relationship with statistics, I highly recommend that you are starting […]