Biggest Reliability Mistakes
Join Carl and Fred as they discuss various mistakes that companies make, why they are made, and how they can be avoided.
- Mistake 1: a green energy company designed a system involving stored-energy that is released to reduce overall energy usage; mistake was to design the storage vessel without a safety margin; lesson is to always use a safety margin.
- Mistake 2: a company added a test every time they ran into a field problem; result was dozens of tests that only addressed known problems; missed potential failures due to new problems; culture did not support prevention; company was too busy to see the process they created.
- Mistake 3: company equated reliability only with testing; much of reliability is methods that support prevention in design, called design for reliability.
- Mistake 4: misusing statistics, limiting the number of samples due to cost concerns and assuming the results will still be valid; example is a company that assumed exponential distribution and only running tests simulating one year even though the product target life was ten years.
- Mistake 5: thinking that a predicted number is real; beware when a reliability prediction gets justified without adequate rational or basis.
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