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A Better Way to do Design Reviews Abstract Chris and Fred ask each other ‘what makes a good design review?’ This is a great question. Reliability engineering can help! (… click here to read an article about this). If you want to learn more – listen to this podcast! Key Points Join Chris and Fred as they discuss what makes a good design review. Ther…
 
Safety and Reliability Abstract Carl and Fred discussing the tools of safety and reliability engineering, and how these tools overlap. Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss the broad set of tools within the body of knowledge of reliability engineering, and the value or lack of value in categorizing the tools into subsets. Topics include: Ar…
 
Safety – Binary or Variable Abstract Carl and Fred discuss the subject of safety. Specifically whether an item or device can be considered safe or not safe (binary), or whether there are degrees of safety (variable). Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss the concept of developing and verifying safe products. Topics include: Is safety a qual…
 
Make or Check Reliability Abstract Chris and Fred discuss the difference between ‘making’ and ‘checking’ reliability. And there is a difference. This podcast follows on from Chris’s article about a US Department of Defense (DoD) quick reference guide on a ‘Reliability and Maintainability Engineering Body of Knowledge.’ The problem with this documen…
 
Supply Chain Controls and Checks Abstract Kirk and Fred discussing how we can insure we receive outsourced parts meet our requirements when we may not know what variances in specifications will affect your particular system. Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss supply chain issues and controlling potential quality excursions Topics include…
 
Kitchen Appliance Failure Abstract Kirk and Fred discussing a recent failure of an electric range/oven and the troubleshooting, FA and repair. See the show notes to see photos and details of the failure analysis. Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss the process of finding the cause of the range/oven failure. You can see below the details o…
 
Wright’s Law and Reliability Abstract Chris and Fred discuss this thing called ‘Wright’s Law’ which is a really fascinating way of describing how things improve as we create more of them. And why is this relevant for reliability engineering? Does ‘reliability growth’ ring a bell? Key Points Join Chris and Fred as they discuss Wright’s Law, and how …
 
Maintenance Culture Matters Abstract Chris and Fred discuss how important maintenance culture is – especially when it comes to safety-critical systems. Like ‘cable cars’ used to transport people up ski slopes. But unfortunately (like the recent accident that occurred in Italy that resulted in 14 deaths) toxic maintenance culture can lead to disastr…
 
Interpreting Distribution Parameters Abstract Chris and Fred discuss what ‘distribution parameters’ mean when it comes to random processes. Specifically failure random processes. This is an interesting podcast in response to a question from one of our listeners – which are podcasts we love! Key Points Join Chris and Fred as they discuss a question …
 
Giving and Receiving Feedback Abstract Carl and Fred discussing the topic of giving and receiving feedback, and how it supports professional development. Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss Topics include: Feedback aspects: giving, receiving, mandatory (like annual performance reviews) and voluntary (upon request) Feedback is better when …
 
Keeping up with Reliability Tools Abstract Carl and Fred discussing a listener summitted question: When one’s job is focused on a single area of reliability, how does one keep up with advancements ones own area, as well as the entire field of reliability engineering? Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss the length and breadth of reliabilit…
 
The Words We Use Matter Abstract Chris and Fred discuss the different words we often use (and misuse) in reliability engineering. ‘Reliability’ has been used for hundreds of years to describe different concepts of ruggedness, robustness, strength, timeliness, trustworthiness and so on. But – reliability has a specific definition within reliability …
 
Calculating Acceleration Factor Abstract Chris and Fred discuss accelerated testing – and how we come up with acceleration factors. Accelerated testing is great! It allows us to compress an entire lifecycle into a short test duration for us to quickly understand the reliability characteristics of our system … ONLY if we know what we are doing. Keen…
 
Leading Teams Abstract Carl and Fred discussing the essence of team leadership. Reliability engineers need to add effective team leadership to their core set of skills. Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss leading teams, and the skills and key elements of team leadership. Topics include: Help team members make their best decisions Reliabil…
 
661 Management vs Leadership Abstract Carl and Fred discussing what it means to be a leader, and how the principles of leadership go beyond the traditional roles of management. Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss the role of leadership in reliability programs, and why it matters to reliability engineers. Topics include: What does it means…
 
Effort versus Outcomes Abstract Chris and Fred discuss what it means to focus on ‘effort’ instead of ‘outcomes.’ We often think we focus on outcomes only … but how many people ‘get by’ simply by being ‘seen’ around the office, looking busy when there, and otherwise being friendly to everyone? They always volunteer to be part of a team, do some of t…
 
3 Perspectives for Fault Tree Analysis Abstract Chris and Fred discussing the 3 perspectives of Fault Tree Analysis or FTA. What … there are 3 perspectives? … what are perspectives when it comes to FTA? Key Points Join Chris and Fred as they discuss FTA and how it can be used from 3 different perspectives. Which all inform different decisions. You …
 
Equipment Life Expectations Abstract James and Fred discussing the many variables that impact equipment expected lifetimes. Key Points Join James and Fred as they discuss Topics include: A brief description of the Design for Maintenance book that James is a co-author. Trying to estimate how long equipment should last Impact of maintenance practices…
 
Evolution and Reliability Abstract Kirk and Fred discussing the evolution of technology and reliability in consumer products. Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss reasons people are motivated to replace old technologies with new technologies. Topics include: Many people prefer sticking with older technology that has been proved reliable ov…
 
Reliability is Green Abstract Kirk and Fred discussing a recent opinion article in the New York Times on technology waste. Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss the challenge of the rapid introduction of new technologies and disposal of the old technology. Topics include: Sometimes we look for an excuse to upgrade to newer technologies, eve…
 
Hints to Have a Proactive Reliability Program Abstract Chris and Fred discuss ‘proactive’ reliability engineering … and trying to get out of being ‘reactive.’ Some entire organizations are structure around waiting for the catastrophe to happen before we fix it. So changing perspectives can be challenging. Key Points Join Chris and Fred as they disc…
 
Reliability Starts at the Top Abstract Chris and Fred discuss how reliability starts at the top of every organization. And by that, we mean … leadership. What does that mean? How can the CEO be more important for reliability performance than the reliability engineer with decades of experience and post-graduate qualifications? Key Points Join Chris …
 
More Than One Root Cause Abstract Carl and Fred discussing the subject of root cause. How many “root causes” can there be? Is there only one “root cause” for a problem? What about events or conditions that happen in tandem? Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss how many events or conditions can contribute to problems, and whether there can …
 
Reliability and Risk Management Abstract Carl and Fred discussing the relationship of reliability and risk management, including areas of overlap and linkages. Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss the body of knowledge of reliability and how it relates to risk management. Definition of “risk” Technical risk vs business risk Preparation can…
 
Suspected or Known Problem Abstract Kirk and Fred discussing the challenge of finding a latent problem in a product after your company has been producing and selling for some time. Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss dealing with a latent reliability problem that may exist in a certain percentage of the product shipped and in use. Topics …
 
Reliability Expectations Abstract Kirk and Fred discussing how we continue to evolve our reliability expectations as technology becomes more robust and reliable. Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss the progress of expectations of reliability in cars, and electronics, have become more reliable. Topics include: Sensors, like tire pressure m…
 
Extrapolation and Sample Sizes Abstract Chris and Fred discuss (essentially) how many ‘things’ you need to see to know enough about those ‘things.’ We see this conundrum across all sorts of fields of study. How many kangaroos do I need to capture and weigh to get a good understanding of the entire population’s typical weight? Delete kangaroo and in…
 
Accelerated Testing Assumptions Abstract Chris and Fred discuss accelerated testing. Accelerated testing is great for getting lots of information in a short period of time. You can compress a lot of ‘real-time’ life into a really small amount of testing. But how do you do it right? You need to understand the underlying physics of failure to work ou…
 
Deterministic versus Probabilistic Abstract Chris and Fred discuss what it means to be ‘deterministic’ versus ‘probabilistic’ … and what that means for reliability engineering. Know what these words mean and want to learn more? Don’t know what these words mean and want to understand how they could help reliability engineering? Listen to this podcas…
 
The Hunt for Reliability Training Abstract Chris and Fred discuss how you go about ‘hunting’ reliability training. And we do mean ‘hunt.’ Key Points Join Chris and Fred as they discuss how you go about getting good training for your organization. You can’t simply go with the first result that pops up in a Google search. And you also can’t go with t…
 
Standards and Regulations Abstract Kirk and Fred discussing the role and relationship of meeting standards and making a reliable product. Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss how passing standard test requirements doesn’t mean you have made a reliable product. Topics include: Standards are very critical to have useful interfaces such as IE…
 
Dealing with Failures that Destroy Abstract Kirk and Fred discussing the challenge of understanding the root cause of failures for products that are hard to retrieve from the field or have other reasons that make failure analysis almost impossible. Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss different situations and conditions where the products …
 
Maintenance FMEAs Abstract Carl and Fred discussing the application of FMEAs in support of asset maintenance. Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss the subject of FMEAs and Maintenance; and difference between FMEAs done in support of product development (Design FMEAs) and FMEAs done in support of maintenance or Reliability Centered Maintena…
 
What Price Reliability? Abstract Carl and Fred discussing the reliability of the Texas electric grid debacle, and what can be learned from a reliability point of view. Lessons learned from this problem can be applied to other industries. Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss the cost of reliability in the electric grid. Should electrical sy…
 
How to Become a Reliability Engineering Consultant Abstract Chris and Fred discuss how to become a reliability engineering consultant. This is a very natural question for a lot of us. It might be easy to visualize what you want to achieve. But it can be daunting to get there. Key Points Join Chris and Fred as they discuss how you go about becoming …
 
How Reliable Does My System Need to Be? Abstract Chris and Fred discuss how you go about setting a reliability goal. We got asked by someone who was responsible for a ‘complex’ system … How reliable does our system need to be? Unfortunately … you need to tell us that! Hopefully this webinar will help you start asking the right question to work it o…
 
Ready to Teach Reliability Abstract Philip and Fred discussing the general need to be able to teach reliability all the time. Key Points Join Philip and Fred as they discuss teaching reliability at all levels from the short explanations, to presentations, and via courses. Topics include: Be prepared so the learning experience works for the audience…
 
How Much Do You Need to Know About Reliability? Abstract Philip and Fred discussing the journey of learning reliability engineering. Key Points Join Philip and Fred as they discuss the need to know enough to solve problems and to know when you do not know enough. Topics include: The need to learn a little bit every day How to continue to learn afte…
 
Electrical Power Reliability in Texas Abstract Kirk and Fred discussing the failures of the electrical grid due to a extreme cold and snow in Texas that was a very rare weather condition in February 2021. Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss the failure of the Texas electrical grid in Texas this past February 2021 due to a rare sustained c…
 
ALT Samples and HALT Limits Abstract Kirk and Fred discussing two questions from a listener on HALT and ALT. Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss two common questions regarding ALT (Accelerated Life Testing) which is to quantify a component or systems time to wear out failure and when do you stop improving a design with HALT. Topics includ…
 
Backward Blueprinting to Drive Building a Plan Abstract Philip and Fred discussing the idea of getting clear around what you want to have when working on reliability within a product, system, or program. Key Points Join Philip and Fred as they discuss the benefits of understanding the desired outcome of accomplishing a reliability plan. Topics incl…
 
The Need for Proper Reliability Plan Abstract Philip and Fred discussing the difference between a reliability plan and reliability testing. Key Points Join Philip and Fred as they discuss a few fundamentals around creating a reliability plan that adds value. Topics include: Who is going to use the results of each specific tasks? Start with the end …
 
Assessing Reliability Courses Abstract Chris and Fred discuss what you need to think about when selecting your next reliability engineering course. What course do you need to do to become a better engineer (and more valuable to your organization)? Key Points Join Chris and Fred as they discuss reliability engineering courses and which ones you shou…
 
Statistics and Reliability Abstract Chris and Fred discuss what came first … reliability or statistics? Reliability of course! There are plenty of organizations that focus on baking reliability into designs without the need for statistics. But statistics are a part of reliability engineering. So what is the relationship between the two? Listen to t…
 
What to Do to Avoid Outdated Methods Abstract This is part two of a discussion Kirk and Fred have over a recent ASQ newsletter with CRE (Certified Reliability Engineer) test sample questions at the end. Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss what to do about the perpetuation of many of the misleading and costly beliefs in the CRE book of kno…
 
Why Do We Use Outdated Methods Abstract This is the first part of two podcast that Kirk and Fred have on a recent ASQ Newsletter with sample CRE (Certified Reliability Engineer) test questions at the end and how outdated and for Kirk how it is perpetuating irrelevant and misleading reliability paradigms Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss…
 
The Problem with Textbooks Abstract Chris and Fred discuss the apparent differences between what you find in textbooks and what you are supposed to do when it comes to good reliability engineering. Key Points Join Chris and Fred as they discuss reliability engineering textbooks and how they relate to good reliability engineering practices. Full dis…
 
HALT & Activation Energy Abstract Carl and Fred discussing a listener-submitted topic about highly accelerated life testing. Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss the difference between ALT and HALT, what models can be used, and the limitations. Topics include: HALT is intended to find product weaknesses, not a life test HALT will help you …
 
Selecting Tools for a Plan Abstract Carl and Fred discussing how to select the tools that will be used in reliability plans. Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss what makes for good reliability plans. Topics include: Wrong way: selecting the tools that you have always used, merely because they have been used before Right way: begin with re…
 
The Dangers of Group Think Abstract Carl and Fred discussing the dynamics of teams, how they work, and what can go wrong. Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss the dangers of “group think” when working with teams. Topics include: What is “group think”? If everyone agrees with an idea, maybe somebody is not thinking The value of teams versus…
 
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