Cycles or Time
Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss a question from a listener on whether it’s better to use time or cycles as a reliability metric.
- As with most of our discussions, the decision to use cycles or total time depends on the type of system you are measuring. In pumps, valves, and other mechanical systems, the time between use can significantly affect wear and fatigue damage as seals and bearings lubrication may evaporate or its viscosity changes with temperature.
- Using an electro-mechanical system continuously and not having many on-off cycles results in different mechanical wear effects versus using the system once daily.
- Starting a warm car engine is much less stressful and damaging than starting an engine after it has cooled down. The same is valid with electronics assemblies, especially in power electronics.
- Many products can log the cycles and total power on time, which differentiates between cycling and frequency of processes or on-off cycles.
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