Mission Based Reliability

Mission Based Reliability

A Practical Guide to Quick and Focused Improvements


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Soon after your corporate executives learn of the dramatic effect that reliability improvement can have on company revenue, they will begin to ask two questions:

  1. How can we make the improvements faster?
  2. How can we make the same improvements with a smaller investment?

In most instances, reliability engineers throw up their hands and respond that finding and solving problems requires time and resources. They also point out that replacing components with ones that are more robust or adding redundancy costs money. Strategies built around improved maintenance programs take a long time to have a significant impact.

While most reliability improvement strategies require lots of time and resources to identify and correct areas of weakness, there is another way to achieve improvements more quickly and at less cost.

Mission-Based Reliability is a reliability improvement strategy that focuses on two critical elements to make near-term improvements in reliability:

  • Reducing the inspection interval of critical items can increase reliability by maximizing the benefit of the current Mean Time Between Failure of your assets.
  • Using the concepts contained in the Potential - Failure curve can be used to highlight the components that are subject to short interval failures and should have shortened maintenance intervals.

This book provides the reader with the tools needed to implement Mission Based Reliability in areas where significant reliability improvements need to be implemented quickly and at low cost.


Chapter 1 - Basic Concepts of Mission-Based Reliability
Chapter 2 - Mathematics of MBR
Chapter 3 - Robustness Is Still Critical in MBR
Chapter 4 - Designing the “Mission"
Chapter 5 - “Pre-Departure Testing"
Chapter 6 - Variations in P-F Intervals
Chapter 7 - Elements of Focus in MBR
Chapter 8 - Predictive Maintenance in MBR
Chapter 9 - Follow-Up on MBR Tasks
Chapter 10 - Anticipated Results
Chapter 11 - A Typical MBR Implementation
Chapter 12 - MBR Training
Chapter 13 - A Day in the Life of an MBR Coordinator
Chapter 14 - Conclusion
References for Further Reading