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 Mission Based Reliability

Mission Based Reliability

A Practical Guide to Quick and Focused Improvements


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ISBN: 9781941872314



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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.

Acerca del Autor - Daniel T. Daley

My name is Daniel T. Daley. Friends call me Dan. I am from Omaha Nebraska. I attended the University of Nebraska and graduated in 1971 with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering and a commission in the US Air Force. After serving a tour as an Air Force officer (in Selma Alabama and Osan Korea), I returned to school at the University of Missouri, Columbia. There I received a MS in Mechanical Engineering.

My career began with Shell Oil Company where I held a variety of positions in engineering, maintenance and operations. I held the position of Director of Maintenance and Reliability for several companies including Shell, OxyChem and Valero. I retired from Union Pacific railroad were I was the Director of Locomotive Engineering and Quality. For the last five years I have been providing consulting services through my company My Reliability Team based on concepts contained in my books to a variety of clients. I am always looking for more clients.

All of my assignments have focused on reliability and maintenance engineering. In these roles, I have had the opportunity to supervise some very good young engineers. During those experiences, there were frequent occasions I wished I have some brief yet direct books for them to use to supplement the person-to-person training I was providing. The books I have written are intended to fill that void.

Services in support of applying the concepts described in these books are available from My Reliability Team.


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

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