Increasingly, managers and engineers, who are responsible for manufacturing and other industrial pursuits, are incorporating a reliability focus into their strategic and tactical plans and initiatives. This trend is affecting numerous functional areas, including machine/system design and procurement, plant operations and plant maintenance. With its origins in the aviation industry, reliability engineering, as a discipline, has historically been focused primarily on assuring product reliability. Increasingly, these methods are being employed to assure the production reliability of manufacturing plants and equipment often as an enabler to Lean Manufacturing. This paper provides an introduction to the most relevant and practical of these methods for plant reliability engineering, including: basic reliability calculations for failure rate, MTBF, availability, etc.; an introduction to the exponential distribution - the cornerstone of the reliability methods; identifying failure time-dependencies using the versatile Weibull system; and developing an effective field data collection system.
Author: Noria Corporation
Source: Reliability World 2007 Conference Proceedings
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