Manage All Failures or Else with James Reyes-Picknell
We’re excited to have James Reyes-Picknell, the author of Uptime, Strategies for Excellence in Maintenance Management, back with us. He’s also written Reliability Centered Maintenance – Re-engineered and Paying Your Way which is his latest book. James also trains and consults in maintenance, reliability and asset management areas across different sectors.
In this episode, we will be discussing:
- What is a failure
- Why do you need to manage failures
- How do you forecast failures not yet experienced
- Which strategies are available for managing failure states
…and so much more!
Preventing Moisture and Corrosion Damage on Electronics in Harsh Conditions
podcast episode with speaker Dan Jenkins
The goal of this presentation is to educate the audience on options to prevent electronic equipment failure used in enclosed spaces from corrosion through preventative maintenance practices. As most know, the metals used in today’s electronics are processed but want to turn back to their original state as the iron components will oxidize, and the corrosion process begins. Adding humidity, vibration, temperature swings, and acid environments (such as being in a tire plant or downwind from a refinery) will accelerate the process. It is this corrosion and subsequent weakening or disfiguring of the metal that causes malfunctions and failures [Read more…]
Essential Reliability Engineering Concepts
podcast episode with speaker Fred Schenkelberg
Everything will eventually fail. I like to say that keeps us in business as reliability engineers. The trick is knowing what will fail and when. There are many potential causes for a product or system to fail. Design flaws, supplied component latent defects, assembly damage, and unexpected applied stresses exist.
The key to take away from this concept is we can learn when studying failures. We can work to prevent or delay specific types of failures. By learning about failures, we learn how to create reliable products. [Read more…]
Setting Up to Report Monthly Failure Rates
Chris and Fred discuss how we need to estimate monthly failure rates of a product. Like when bosses or directors want to know what the ‘failure’ or ‘return’ rate of a product is this month. But is this useful? How do we account for the number of products we have shipped? How old are the products when they fail? And how do we learn from these numbers? Can we even find a number? Listen to this podcast to learn more.
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Dealing with the Occurrence of Failure
Chris and Fred discussing how different organizations deal with failures. Failures are a ‘bad’ thing in that a system doesn’t do what you hoped it would. But what about failures that occur during the design or production process? This is different. If you have scope to improve your system, then failures that you can analyze in a laboratory or test bed are invaluable. They, more than any other event, will help you understand the vulnerabilities of your system. And you must actively seek vulnerability to improve reliability. But if you are looking for failures, you must first admit that your system is vulnerable. And that is difficult for many people to do.
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An Introduction, Basic Steps, and Examples of FRACAS Gone Wrong
Every failure has valuable information you and your team require to improve reliability. During the development process, each failure may represent a future recall. Celebrate every failure. Let your FRACAS prioritize which failures to resolve.