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Reliability in a Short Term Org

Many organizations once had a long-term goal or vision. But when the founders retire, or the true leaders move on, these goals can often be replaced by the short-term. That is ... quarterly performance. This means that the 'customers' are seen as the shareholders. Not the 'true customers.' So 'true customers' suffer in the short therm. And the shareholders suffer in the 'long term.' What can you do? The post SOR 976 Reliability in a Short Term Org appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
6/21/20240
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Eye-Popping Stunning Results

Eye-Popping Stunning Results Abstract Chris and Fred discuss the challenge of being asked by someone to show (or visualize) stunning, eye-popping results for some reliability activity. How do we do this? Is this possible? Key Points Join Chris and Fred as they discuss how we go about demonstrating stunning, eye-popping results for the amount of […] The post SOR 975 Eye-Popping Stunning Results appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
6/17/20240
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New Position Advice

New Position Advice Abstract Kirk and Fred discuss the advice we would give a engineer just starting a career in Reliability Engineering Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss the way to best way to learn and apply the many tools and methodology of reliability engineering. Topics include: First seek to understand the […] The post SOR 974 New Position Advice appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
6/14/20240
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Reliability Allocation Methods

Reliability Allocation Methods Abstract Kirk and Fred discuss reliability allocations for individual components and subsystems. Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss a question from one of our listeners and why solid state electronics and mechanical systems have significant differences in the intrinsic life entitlements and have to be analyzed with different models […] The post SOR 973 Reliability Allocation Methods appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
6/10/20240
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An Idea Short Explainer Videos

Reliability engineering can be a challenging topic to learn, and we are always looking for better ways to help learning ... especially if you are new to the topic. Can perhaps one (1) minute explainer videos help? If yes ... what ideas do you have? The post SOR 972 An Idea Short Explainer Videos appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
6/7/20240
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FRACAS and CMMS

A FRACAS is a 'Failure Reporting and Corrective Action System.' A CMMS is a 'Computerized Maintenance Management System.' What is the difference between the two? Many organizations (for example) have what they call a 'FRACAS,' but it really isn't. Why is that? And does that apply to you? The post SOR 971 FRACAS and CMMS appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
6/3/20240
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What is a Mode?

What is a Mode? Abstract Carl and Fred discuss why understanding the "mode" of failure is essential in Failure Mode and Effects Analysis. Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss how the Mode of failure is used in FMEA and other methods. Topics include: Examples of mode of failure Common misunderstandings about Failure […] The post SOR 970 What is a Mode? appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
5/31/20240
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Common Mistakes

Common Mistakes Abstract Carl and Fred discuss some of the most common reliability mistakes they have seen in their careers, both ones they have personally made or viewed. Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss common erroneous assumptions and other types of mistakes and how to avoid them. Topics include: Not knowing how […] The post SOR 696 Common Reliability Mistakes appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
5/27/20240
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Selecting Tools to Solve Problems

Selecting Tools to Solve Problems Abstract Dianna and Fred discuss selecting tools to solve problems that are outside of the workplace, too! Key Points Join Dianna and Fred as they discuss selecting tools to solve problems that are outside of the workplace, too! Topics include: The many controllable variables of app-enabled coffee machines. How tools […] The post SOR 968 Selecting Tools to Solve Problems appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
5/24/20240
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Are Silos an Issue

Are Silos an Issue? Abstract Dianna and Fred discuss workplace politics: are silos an issue? Key Points Join Dianna and Fred as they discuss workplace politics: are silos an issue? Topics include: What silos are, what they may look like, and the ways they are formed. The effects of silos on projects and teams. You […] The post SOR 967 Are Silos an Issue appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
5/20/20240
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Why is PoF so Hard?

Why is PoF so Hard? Abstract Chris and Fred discuss why the Physics of Failure (PoF) is hard to model? … or is it? Key Points Join Chris and Fred as they discuss how the Physics of Failure (PoF) is seen as hard to use to model time to failure of something. It usually needs […] The post SOR 966 Why is PoF so Hard? appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
5/17/20240
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MTBF, Really?

MTBF, Really? Abstract Chris and Fred discuss the MTBF … again. And again. People don’t (want to) get it. So here we go again … Key Points Join Chris and Fred as they discuss the MTBF and why it should virtually never be used. Why? Topics include: What’s wrong with the MTBF when it comes […] The post SOR 965 MTBF, Really? appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
5/13/20240
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Finding Failures and Firefighting

Finding Failures and Firefighting Abstract   Kirk and Fred discuss new product market release schedule pressures, and then after customers start finding reliability issues, the actual firefighting begins. Many times, those who quickly can fix the causes of failures, the firefighters, get many more accolades than those who find and mitigate product weaknesses that become failures during the design […] The post SOR 964 Finding Failures and Firefighting appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
5/10/20240
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Proving HALT Works

Proving HALT Works Abstract Kirk and Fred discuss the challenge of showing those new to limit discovery using HALT and proving does find relevant future field issues that either already have occurred in a new released product, or in a product under development. Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss finding potential weaknesses […] The post SOR 963 Proving HALT Works appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
5/6/20240
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Limits of Block Diagrams

A Reliability Block Diagram (RBD) can model system reliability. But it can't model a system without 'you.' And that means you need to keep thinking about how your system actually works. An RBD can help. But it is not by itself the answer! The post SOR 962 Limits of Block Diagrams appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
5/3/20240
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Where do Confidence Bounds Come From

Where do Confidence Bounds Come From Abstract Chris and Fred discuss where the ideas of ‘confidence bounds’ come from … and perhaps what they mean. Key Points Join Chris and Fred as they discuss how we come up with things we call ‘confidence bounds.’ What are they? … and how do they help? Topics include: […] The post SOR 961 Where do Confidence Bounds Come From appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
4/29/20240
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FMEA Approaches Debate

Differing FMEA Approaches Abstract Carl and Fred discuss their overall approach to FMEA, what works and doesn’t work. Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss how they approach FMEA to keep it lean, effective and workable. Topics include: Does a longer FMEA make for a better FMEA? If you have the right FMEA […] The post SOR 960 Differing FMEA Approaches appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
4/26/20240
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Knotty Detection

Knotty Detection Abstract Carl and Fred discuss reader questions on FMEA detection, a subject which can be challenging and confusing. Detection is a key part of FMEA during product development as well as in operation. This podcast will discuss some of the “knottiest” challenges with understanding detection in FMEA. Key Points Join Carl and Fred […] The post SOR 959 Knotty Detection appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
4/22/20240
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Learning Weibull Analysis

Learning Weibull Analysis Abstract Chris and Fred discuss Weibull Analysis and how it can help you can first take your ‘tentative’ steps to learn more about it. Key Points Join Chris and Fred as they discuss Weibull analysis. This is perhaps one of the most talked about forms of analysis reliability engineers talk about. And […] The post SOR 958 Learning Weibull Analysis appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
4/19/20240
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Learning From Those Closest

Learning From Those Closest Abstract Kirk and Fred discuss the fact that many times those on the assembly and production lines are the ones that have the most information for assembly issues and causes of failures, yet the information they have is not heard by the engineers and management that could improve it. Key Points […] The post SOR 957 Learning From Those Closest appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
4/15/20240
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Getting Failure Feedback

Getting Failure Feedback Abstract Kirk and Fred discuss the many required tests before market release and post market ongoing reliability testing and why testing is so necessary. Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss the reasons we have to do so many tests to get the feedback on failures sometimes long after the […] The post SOR 956 Getting Failure Feedback appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
4/12/20240
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Data Analysis Assumptions

Data Analysis Assumptions Abstract Greg and Fred discuss the importance and context of assumptions in data analysis. Key Points Join Greg and Fred as they discuss assumptions making decisions using non parametric data. Topics include: What is non parametric data? Why, when, and how to use non parametric data? How to make good decisions using […] The post SOR 955 Data Analysis Assumptions appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
4/8/20240
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Ai Challenges and Opportunities

AI Challenges and Opportunities Abstract Greg and Fred discuss AI – both the challenges and opportunities for quality and reliability professionals. Key Points Join Greg and Fred as they discuss how AI may have the same impact as the discovery of electricity or the steam engine. Both created economic disruption and personal change. So, hang […] The post SOR 954 Ai Challenges and Opportunities appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
4/5/20240
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Robustness

Robustness Abstract Philip and Fred discuss the idea of a robust design for a product or system. Key Points Join Philip and Fred as they discuss Topics include: To improve the ability of a product to withstand unexpected stresses, improve the robustness. Design techniques to improve robustness. Various methods to improve reliability like stress-strength analysis, […] The post SOR 953 Robustness appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
4/1/20240
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Vintage Experience

Vintage Experience Abstract Philip and Fred discuss the value of the experience our co-workers may be able to share. Key Points Join Philip and Fred as they discuss Topics include: Accumulated experience over time Tips on helping others share their expertise in a valuable way Tip on effectively sharing your own experiences. Enjoy an episode […] The post SOR 952 Vintage Experience appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
3/29/20240
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Shorter White Appliance Lifetime

Shorter Lifespan of Newer Appliances Abstract Carl and Fred discuss an article from the Wall Street Journal describing how newer appliances tend to have more complexity and shorter lifespans, and what can be done to reverse the trend. Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss the factors that influence reliability in large, complex […] The post SOR 951 Shorter Lifespan of Large Appliances appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
3/25/20240
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Value of DFMEA

Value of Design FMEA Abstract Carl and Fred discuss an interesting question from a listener about modeling the money value of Design FMEAs. Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss whether it is possible to predict the cost savings due to design changes driven by Design FMEA. Topics include: The challenge of predicting […] The post SOR 950 Value of Design FMEA appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
3/22/20240
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Forecasting Returns

Lots of organizations really struggle with projecting returns. Big time. They often say the only data they have is the number of things sold in a month, versus the number of products returned. Really? So you have no idea which customer is returning the product? No idea when that customer purchased that product ... even just to confirm it was returned in the warranty period? Most organizations actually have the data ... it's all about sharing it. The post SOR 949 Forecasting Returns appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
3/18/20240
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Atlanta Airport Outage

The 2017 Atlanta Airport Blackout was caused by an electrical fire that took out the main power supply cables, ... and the backup power cables that were located in the same tunnel. This simply can't happen when organizations take reliability seriously. So if you want to learn how 'not' to do something like this ... listen to this podcast! The post SOR 948 Atlanta Airport Outage appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
3/15/20240
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Customer Support

Customer Support Abstract Dianna and Fred discuss the challenges as a customer when calling for customer support. Key Points Join Dianna and Fred as they discuss customer support. Topics include: why current contact methods make it seem that customers are not a priority. the missing link: the problem the customer is facing. how changing the […] The post SOR 947 Customer Support appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
3/11/20240
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Getting Questions Answered

Getting Questions Answered Abstract Dianna and Fred discuss the challenges in asking others reliability questions and getting questions answered. Key Points Join Dianna and Fred as they discuss getting questions answered about reliability. Topics include: places to ask questions being able to say “failure” ways to look at asking questions to help you ask yours […] The post SOR 946 Getting Questions Answered appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
3/8/20240
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Moose Lodge Syndrome

Moose Lodge Syndrome Abstract Greg and Fred discuss how institutions can and should adapt, but often don’t. The result is that even most Fortune 500 companies have a 10 year half life. Key Points Join Greg and Fred as they discuss the inability of organizations to change and pivot. ‘Moose Lodge Syndrome’ is a metaphor […] The post SOR 945 Moose Lodge Syndrome appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
3/4/20240
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Dealing with Bias

Check Your (Decision Making) Bias Abstract Greg and Fred discuss how bias is a part of all of us. Our challenge is that bias impacts our decision making from simple rules of thumb to complex decisions. Key Points Join Greg and Fred as they discuss heuristic and complex decision making. Topics include: What are decision […] The post SOR 944 Check Your (Decision Making) Bias appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
3/1/20240
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Failure and Hazard Rate

Failure and Hazard Rate Abstract Chris and Fred discuss the similarities and differences between these two terms. Key Points Join Chris and Fred as they discuss the idea that a failure rate and hazard rate are the same, or are they? Topics include: While used interchangeably, they are different. The technical definitions And, when the […] The post SOR 943 Failure and Hazard Rate appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
2/26/20240
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Field and Operational Time

Field and Operational Time Abstract Chris and Fred discuss a listener’s question about dealing with two duration measures. Key Points Join Chris and Fred as they discuss how to work with a product tracked using calendar and operational time. Topics include: Focus on what you’re trying to achieve or inform. What decision is this for? […] The post SOR 942 Field and Operational Time appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
2/23/20240
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Risk vs Reliability

Risk vs Reliability Abstract Carl and Fred discuss whether the reliability community should focus on the body of knowledge associated with risk or reliability. Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss risk versus reliability, and how they interact in bringing about safe and economical products. Topics include: Risk as uncertainty Is everything focused […] The post SOR 941 Risk vs Reliability appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
2/19/20240
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When I Know it's Not Right

When I Know it’s Not Right Abstract Carl and Fred discuss a question brought up at recent conference: what do you do when you are supposed to do something that you know is not the right thing to do? The context was reliability engineering and management. Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss […] The post SOR 940 When I Know it’s Not Right appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
2/16/20240
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When to Consider Reliability

When to Consider Reliability Abstract Kirk and Fred discuss at what point in the product development process should we consider applying reliability engineering to the concept and actual prototypes. Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss the reliability process and reliability tools and methods and when to apply them. Topics include: Reliability development […] The post SOR 939 When to Consider Reliability appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
2/12/20240
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Predicting the Unknowns

Predicting the Unknowns Abstract Kirk and Fred discuss the world of reliability predictions and the issue of predictions when many, if not most of the causes of unreliability, are surprises. Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss use of good design rules and building in some margins of safety, but yet when the […] The post SOR 938 Predicting the Unknowns appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
2/9/20240
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Be Helpful

If you want to be a good reliability engineer ... be helpful. If you are helpful, then people will come back to you. It doesn't matter if you work as a consultant or in a cell in an organization. Too many reliability engineers are more focused on 'doing things right' ... which is another way of saying that we often want people to do things the 'perfect' way as we see it. But being helpful is more important than this. And if you are not helpful, you are not helping. The post SOR 937 Be Helpful appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
2/5/20240
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Interpreting Formulae

Reliability (and lots of other types of) engineering relies on equations. Especially statistical equations. But do you know what equations represent or mean? This might sound like 'next level' academia that you don't want to touch. But if you know what formulae and equations represent, it is actually easier to use them because you can link them to tangible concepts in your mind. Want to learn more? Listen to this podcast! The post SOR 936 Interpreting Formulae appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
2/2/20240
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Change Management Success

Change Management Success Abstract Greg and Fred discuss organizational change management and behavior change. Greg’s change management is sell the sizzle. Fred’s is give them the steak. Discover why? Key Points Join Greg and Fred as they share change management stories including tips and tools for success. Topics include: What is change management? How can […] The post SOR 935 Change Management Success appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
1/29/20240
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Contingency Plan

Contingency and Risk Planning Abstract Greg and Fred discuss various situations where contingency and risk planning may be required. Key Points Join Greg and Fred as they discuss contingency and risk ‘what if’ planning. Topics include: When should a contingency and risk plan be developed. How to develop a contingency plan. What are the critical […] The post SOR 934 Contingency and Risk Planning appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
1/26/20240
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FTA vs RBD

Do you know if a fault tree is better than a reliability block diagram? Do you need to model system reliability ... and need to pick one approach? Never heard of these modeling methodologies? Listen to this podcast! The post SOR 933 FTA vs RBD appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
1/22/20240
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K out of N Systems

A lot of people 'know' what a 'k out of n' system is. But do you know if it mimics are series or parallel system when young? How does the answer change when it is old? If you don't know the answer ... listen to this podcast and see if you can learn something to help your system reliability performance! The post SOR 932 K out of N Systems appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
1/19/20240
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FMEA Detection - Useful?

FMEA Detection – Useful? Abstract Carl and Fred discuss a reader question about assessing risk related to detection, as part of FMEA procedure, specifically its usefulness and application. Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss FMEA detection in FMEA. Topics include: What is FMEA detection? How is FMEA detection assessed in FMEA? What […] The post SOR 931 FMEA Detection – Useful? appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
1/15/20240
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Reliability Goals and Requirements

Reliability Goals and Requirements Abstract Carl and Fred discuss the importance of well-written reliability requirements and whether they should be goals or actual requirements. Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss reliability goals and requirements. Topics include: Project goals or metrics are not sufficient What to do if reliability is difficult to measure […] The post SOR 930 Reliability Goals and Requirements appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
1/12/20240
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Redundancy Risk Balance

Redundancy Risk Balance Abstract Greg and Fred discuss what is redundancy and why it’s a critical business tool. Key Points Join Greg and Fred as they discuss process and product redundancy in a world that wants to reduce friction and be lean. Topics include: What is redundancy? Why redundancy is important in a lean world? […] The post SOR 929 Redundancy Risk Balance appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
1/8/20240
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Risk and Reliability Lenses

Risk and Reliability Lenses Abstract Greg and Fred discuss risk and reliability lenses for solving today’s dynamic problems. Key Points Join Greg and Fred as they discuss the intersection of risk and reliability lenses under uncertainty. Fred says: “Reliability is the critical lens to understanding and addressing today’s engineering problems”. Greg, a one-trick pony, says: […] The post SOR 928 Risk and Reliability Lenses appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
1/5/20240
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Reliability from WWII

It is useful to understand how you get to where you are today to help you get to where you want to go tomorrow. The same applies to reliability. World War II in particular played an instrumental role in creating what has since come to be known as reliability engineering. And some lessons are still relevant today. The post SOR 927 Reliability from WWII appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
1/1/20240
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Just Assuming

Why do we make assumptions? Because they give us information for free. This is often really useful, especially if you have a fair amount of experience or expertise on a particular topic or area. But we often like making assumptions that make our life easy. And this is really bad. The post SOR 926 Just Assuming appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
12/29/20230
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Regulation Reducing Safety

Regulation Reducing Safety Abstract Greg and Fred discuss conformity assessment and what should and can you do to comply with a regulatory requirement. Key Points Join Greg and Fred as they discuss safety regulations and compliance to standards. Topics include: What is conformity assessment? Why is conformity assessment important? How can you demonstrate compliance? What […] The post SOR 925 Regulation Reducing Safety appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
12/25/20230
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Improving Information

Improving Information Abstract Greg and Fred discuss how to improve your ability to get the right information to solve the right problems. Key Points Join Fred and Greg as they discuss how to focus on the right information if you’re doing an analysis, surveillance, or audit. Topics include: Do you ask the right questions to […] The post SOR 924 Improving Information appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
12/22/20230
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When to do Monte Carlo

You might have heard of Monte Carlo simulation. This might sound advanced, or challenging, or beyond your skills. It's not! In fact, Monte Carlo simulation can do a really good job of modeling really, really complex things really easily. Want to learn more? Listen to this podcast. The post SOR 923 When to do Monte Carlo appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
12/18/20230
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Many Ways to Estimate Reliability

We are often pestered into 'measuring' reliability before we start 'improving' reliability. Measuring can be important ... but it is only important if it will help you make a decision. So, start with understanding the decision you are trying to inform. The post SOR 922 Many Ways to Estimate Reliability appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
12/15/20230
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Lifespan of a FMEA

Lifespan of an FMEA Abstract Carl and Fred discuss a reader question about what is called a “living FMEA.” Is this a good idea? How is it done? Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss whether to update FMEAs with test and field information on an ongoing basis. Topics include: An updated FMEA […] The post SOR 921 Lifespan of an FMEA appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
12/11/20230
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RCM and FMEAs

RCM and FMEAs Abstract Carl and Fred discuss a reader question on FMEAs that involve maintenance. Specifically, can a Design FMEA have causes that are maintenance related? Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss Reliability Centered Maintenance, and the role that FMEA plays in doing RCM projects. Topics include: RCM includes an FMEA […] The post SOR 920 RCM and FMEAs appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
12/8/20230
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Details and Plans

Details and Plans Abstract Greg and Fred discuss why and how the triple constraints of a project: schedule, cost, and scope variances result in risks that can result in project failure. Key Points Join Greg and Fred as they discuss schedule risk, cost risk, and scope risk. Topics include: What are schedule, cost, and scope risks? […] The post SOR 919 Details and Plans appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
12/4/20230
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Plug and Pray

Plug and Pray Abstract Greg and Fred discuss why engineers plug numbers into a formula not really knowing why or what they are doing. At best, this is called ‘plug and play.’ At worst, this is called ‘plug and pray’ the formula works. Key Points Join Greg and Fred as they discuss the challenges of […] The post SOR 918 Plug and Pray appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
12/1/20230
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Bad History Challenge

Bad History Challenge Abstract Kirk and Fred discuss how to deal with those who have said that they tried using the HALT methodology with a past project but did not find any benefit from it. Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss the situation where a we are trying to introduce a new […] The post SOR 917 Bad History Challenge appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
11/27/20230
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Cycles or Time

Cycles or Time Abstract Kirk and Fred discuss whether we should use time or number of cycles or total time a product has been available for use. Key Points 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. Topics […] The post SOR 916 Cycles or Time appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
11/24/20230
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Creating Reliability Awareness

Always complaining about your organization not being aware of reliability engineering? The reality is, we make ourselves aware of what we want to be aware of. So the trick is to motivate people. The most 'aware' person in the world won't use that awareness if he or she has no motivation to do it. The post SOR 915 Creating Reliability Awareness appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
11/20/20230
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Required to Use 217

Ever heard of MIL-HDBK 217F? It is a document that contains lots of failure rate estimates for classes of electronic components ... compiled in 1991. Based on data provided by a small number of companies. With the gaps filled in by military data dating decades before that. And some people want to base reliability estimates on applying these failure rates to the smartphones, guided weapons navigation systems and other sophisticated electronics of today? Madness. The post SOR 914 Required to Use MIL-HDBK 217? appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
11/17/20230
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Using DFR Tools

Using DFR Tools Abstract Kirk and Fred discuss using Design for Reliability (DFR) for reliability development of a new product. Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss the use of DFx, being design for tests, design for manufacturing and design for reliability and the basics of good designs. Topics include: There are many […] The post SOR 913 Using DFR Tools appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
11/13/20230
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Using Outside Labs

Using Outside Labs Abstract Kirk and Fred discuss the use and tradeoffs of using external environmental testing and failure analysis labs versus having in-house equipment Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss the advantages and drawbacks of a independent test and or failure analysis lab, versus stetting up an internal lab. Topics include: […] The post SOR 912 Using Outside Labs appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
11/10/20230
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Dealing with Data

Dealing with Data Abstract Philip and Fred discuss the first basic steps when confronted with a pile of data. Key Points Join Philip and Fred as they discuss Topics include: Consider the source and collection method Consider what we are trying to learn and need to know Plot the data – dot plots, histograms, etc. […] The post SOR 911 Dealing with Data appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
11/6/20230
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Consumable Product Reliability

Consumable Product Reliability Abstract Chris and Fred discuss how to approach reliability objectives and testing for consumable elements of a product or system. Key Points Join Chris and Fred as they discuss Topics include: Consumables either work or they don’t Some consumables have a shelf life – which we can treat like reliability What can […] The post SOR 910 Consumable Product Reliability appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
11/3/20230
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Assumptions and Analysis

Assumptions and Analysis Abstract Philip and Fred discuss Key Points Join Philip and Fred as they discuss Topics include: point 1 point 2 point 3 Enjoy an episode of Speaking of Reliability. Where you can join friends as they discuss reliability topics. Join us as we discuss topics ranging from design for reliability techniques to […] The post SOR 909 Assumptions and Analysis appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
10/30/20230
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Why is Reliability a Process

Why is Reliability a Process? Abstract Carl and Fred discuss the process of reliability, which also happens to be the name of their new book. They answer the question “why is reliability a process”? and discuss what happens if reliability is only approached as a series of methods. Key Points Join Carl and Fred as […] The post SOR 908 Why is Reliability a Process? appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
10/27/20230
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How Root is the Cause

How Root is the Cause? Abstract Carl and Fred discuss the broad subject of identifying root causes and how deep to go. It’s not as simple as getting to the “root.” Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they share experiences in root cause analysis and how it is applied in various reliability engineering methods. […] The post SOR 907 How Root is the Cause? appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
10/23/20230
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Environmental Testing

Environmental Testing Abstract Kirk and Fred discuss the question of using a standard series of environmental test for reliability development. Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss standard environmental test suites such as MIL-STD 810 which describe many environmental tests that can be applied depending on the end-use conditions. Topics include: Many of […] The post SOR 906 Environmental Testing appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
10/20/20230
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A HALT Plan Question

A HALT Plan Question Abstract Kirk and Fred discuss Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss Topics include: point 1 point 2 point 3 Enjoy an episode of Speaking of Reliability. Where you can join friends as they discuss reliability topics. Join us as we discuss topics ranging from design for reliability techniques […] The post SOR 905 A HALT Plan Question appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
10/16/20230
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Good Reliability Requirement

Good Reliability Requirements Abstract Carl and Fred discuss the essence of well-written reliability requirements. They are much more than reliability numbers. Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss how to ensure reliability requirements are proper and adequate. This builds from the definition of reliability. Topics include: What are the four key elements of […] The post SOR 904 Good Reliability Requirements appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
10/13/20230
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FMEA Confusion

Common FMEA Confusions Abstract Carl and Fred discuss common FMEA confusions that come up from time to time. These are condensed from questions that Carl gets from “Inside FMEA” readers. Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss common FMEA misunderstandings, and how to simplify the concepts. Topics include: Is it a Failure Mode, […] The post SOR 903 Common FMEA Confusions appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
10/9/20230
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Learning What You Don't Know

Learning What You Don’t Know Abstract Greg and Fred discuss keeping up professionally, which is a requirement these days to continue to be marketable. Key Points Join Greg and Fred as they discuss three types of reliability engineers: 1. Those to whom something happens; 2. Those who wonder what or why something happened; and 3. […] The post SOR 902 Learning What You Don’t Know appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
10/6/20230
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Good is Often Good Enough

Good is Often Good Enough Abstract Greg and Fred discuss form vs. function decision making. Key Points Join Greg and Fred as they discuss various elements of form vs. function decision making. Greg and Fred are engineers, who lean towards function, which is often good is good enough. Others may lean towards form. Topics include: […] The post SOR 901 Good is Often Good Enough appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
10/2/20230
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Mil Hdbk 217 Again

Mil Hdbk 217 Again Abstract Chris and Fred discussing Key Points Join Chris and Fred as they discuss Topics include: point 1 point 2 point 3 Enjoy an episode of Speaking of Reliability. Where you can join friends as they discuss reliability topics. Join us as we discuss topics ranging from design for reliability techniques […] The post SOR 900 Mil Hdbk 217 Again appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
9/29/20230
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Inspiring New STEM Students

Inspiring New STEM Students Abstract Greg and Dianna discussing how to get involved in inspiring new STEM students. Key Points Join Greg and Dianna as they discuss inspiring new STEM students. How do we get new people interested in STEM? Topics include: Mentoring, being an example, getting them engaged The allure of the engineering decision-making […] The post SOR 899 Inspiring New STEM Students appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
9/25/20230
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ERM and Reliability Engineers

ERM and Reliability Engineers Abstract Dianna and Greg discussing ERM and Reliability Engineers, along with the AI revolution and the current state of quality. Key Points Join Dianna and Greg as they discuss how ERM (enterprise risk management) and reliability engineers relate. Topics include: The history of ERM and its current state. Quality decision-making needs […] The post SOR 898 ERM and Reliability Engineers appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
9/22/20230
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Creating a Culture of Innovation with Quality and Reliability

Creating a Culture of Innovation with Quality and Reliability Abstract Dianna and Carl discussing creating a culture of innovation with Quality and Reliability. Key Points Join Dianna and Carl as they discuss creating a culture of innovation with Quality and Reliability. Topics include: The innovation continuum, from company culture to individual interactions How to foster […] The post SOR 897 Creating a Culture of Innovation with Quality and Reliability appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
9/18/20230
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Quality and Reliability Management: Independence vs. Integration

Quality and Reliability Management: Independence vs. Integration Abstract Carl and Dianna sharing experiences with different forms of managing quality and reliability activities. The importance of independence was compared to the importance of integrating with the design activities. What works, what doesn’t work, and why? Key Points Join Carl and Dianna as they discuss different ways […] The post SOR 896 Q & R Management: Independence vs. Integration appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
9/15/20230
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Product Reliability in Complex Supply Chains

Product Reliability in Complex Supply Chains Abstract Dianna and Chris discussing product reliability in complex supply chains. Key Points Join Dianna and Chris as they discuss product reliability in complex supply chains. Topics include: manufacturers using components used outside of their original purpose relationships between manufacturers and suppliers supplier management cell phones, space products, electric […] The post SOR 895 Product Reliability in Complex Supply Chains appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
9/11/20230
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Sustainability and Reliability

If you aren't thinking about things like carbon footprints and sustainability, you are not going to be around for much longer. Can reliability engineering help in this regard? Reliability engineering can be used for all sorts of characteristics like usability, modularity, adaptability, and so on. What about sustainability The post SOR 894 Sustainability and Reliability appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
9/8/20230
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Where is Reliability Training Going?

Reliability engineering training is a very important part of organizational reliability maturity. But there is a lot of good training, bad training, and lots of stuff in between. Are we going in the right direction? What do you think? The post SOR 893 Where is Reliability Training Going? appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
9/4/20230
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Where are FMEAs (and their standards) Heading?

Where are FMEAs (and their standards) Heading? Abstract Carl and Chris discussing the future of FMEA, sharing their vision for where this method is headed. Key Points Where are FMEAs (and their standards) Heading? Abstract Carl and Chris discussing the future of FMEA, sharing their vision for where FMEA as a method is headed, as […] The post SOR 892 Where are FMEAs (and their standards) Heading? appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
9/1/20230
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Last Minutism

Last Minutism Abstract Greg and Fred discussing why do folks wait to the last minute to get important things done. We go beyond procrastination to understand the basics of last minutism. Key Points Join Greg and Fred as they discuss practical tips and tools to avoid last minutism. Topics include: What is last minutism behavior? […] The post SOR 891 Last Minutism appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
8/28/20230
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Hero Syndrome

Hero Syndrome Abstract Greg and Fred discuss why heros who fly in to fix a failing project or product recall get all the attention, praise and promotions. But, the folks who maintain the systems day in and day out are often neglected, forgotten, or even dismissed. Key Points Join Greg and Fred as they discuss […] The post SOR 890 Hero Syndrome appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
8/25/20230
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Becoming a Consultant

There are lots of different reliability engineering consultants. So it must be easy to become one ... right? Before you take the plunge, do you even know if this is the right direction for you? The post SOR 889 Becoming a Consultant appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
8/21/20230
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The Role of Regulations

Regulations are an important part of a safe and reliable world. But regulations have also failed to save lives, keep things reliable and make the world safe. Sometimes they are essential. Sometimes they get in the way of innovation. Sometimes they give us the false sense of reliability and safety if they are followed (perhaps because they are out of date, or the technology has changed). So what role do regulations have in the world of reliability and safey? The post SOR 888 The Role of Regulations appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
8/18/20230
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Changing Customer Expectations

Changing Customer Expectations Abstract Kirk and Fred discussing a recent product failure that Kirk had with the manufacturer of his e-bike, and the positive outcome. Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss Kirk’s e-bike user caused failure and how the company had a major spare part that they no longer manufacturing. Topics include: […] The post SOR 887 Changing Customer Expectations appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
8/14/20230
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Making Assumptions

Making Assumptions Abstract Kirk and Fred discuss the use of assumptions in the reliability models, testing, and predictions Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss how assumptions are used in reliability engineering and how they can be misleading or very limited in making reliability assessments. Topics include: Assumptions must be made about potential […] The post SOR 886 Making Assumptions appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
8/11/20230
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Naked Mole Rat

Ever heard of the 'naked mole rat?' Probably not. It is perhaps the only mammal that never ages. Never gets old. So why do many reliability engineers and textbooks assume that most of our products and machines behave like 'naked mole rats?' The post SOR 885 Naked Mole Rat appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
8/7/20230
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Allocating Reliability - Conundrum

Reliability allocation involves taking 'high-level' requirements and interpreting them into requirements for components and subsystems that allow smaller teams to work independently towards a common goal. Do this right ... and you save lots of time and money. Do this wrong ... and you get the opposite. The post SOR 884 Allocating Reliability – Conundrum appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
8/4/20230
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How to Start First Job

How to Start First Job Abstract Carl and Fred sharing suggestions for new reliability engineers on what to do when starting your first job. Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss their own experiences and lessons learned on how best to begin work as a new reliability engineer. Topics include: What to do […] The post SOR 883 How to Start First Job appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
7/31/20230
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Operator Error?

Operator Error? Abstract Carl and Fred discussing a question from an Inside FMEA reader on the subject of Process FMEA. It brings up a general topic of root cause, and whether assigning the cause to various forms of operator error is useful. Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss how to determine the […] The post SOR 882 Operator Error? appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
7/28/20230
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Can You Change an Orgaization?

Is it possible to change 'any' organization? This is a question many reliability engineers stumble across when they feel frustrated that they are not making meaningful change. There are lots of instances of organizations that have changed. But there are lots of organizations that haven't changed ... at least for a long time. Is it possible for these organizations to change? The post SOR 881 Can You Change an Orgaization? appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
7/24/20230
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Bathtub Curve Flaws

Bathtub Curve Flaws Abstract Carl and Fred discussing a reader question having to do with the use of the reliability bathtub curve, including the efficacy of the curve itself. Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss what is right or wrong with the reliability bathtub curve. Topics include: Is the “bathtub curve” more […] The post SOR 880 Bathtub Curve Flaws appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
7/21/20230
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Biggest Reliability Mistakes

Biggest Reliability Mistakes Abstract Carl and Fred discussing some of the biggest reliability mistakes they have seen in their careers, and the lessons learned from those mistakes. Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss various mistakes that companies make, why they are made, and how they can be avoided. Topics include: Mistake 1: […] The post SOR 879 Biggest Reliability Mistakes appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
7/17/20230
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The Worth of a Reliability Engineer

How much is a reliability engineer worth? This is a very difficult question to answer ... especially by reliability engineers! We are often very guilty of simply saying we are really valuable without explaining why, what that means, providing examples, or putting dollar figures on it. So how valuable is a reliability engineer? The post SOR 878 The Worth of a Reliability Engineer appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
7/14/20230
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So Many Tools

So Many Tools Abstract Dianna and Fred discussing how there are so many tools that are available for quality and reliability applications, and approaches to take when figuring out what to use. Key Points Join Dianna and Fred as they discuss that there are so many tools in the quality and reliability engineering toolbox that […] The post SOR 877 So Many Tools appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
7/10/20230
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Joint Light Tactical Vehicle Case Study

The Joint Light Tactical Vehicle (JLTV) is a vehicle that 'passed' a reliability demonstration test that appeared to suggest it was three times more reliable than the requirement. But yet, when the vehicles were provided to the soldiers, sailors and airmen ... they were unreliable. Sound familiar? The post SOR 876 Joint Light Tactical Vehicle Case Study appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
7/7/20230
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What Should a Reliability Engineer Do

What does a reliability engineer do? This should be an easy question to answer. But it is not often answered well. 'Measuring reliability' is not reliability engineering. So what is it? The post SOR 875 What Should a Reliability Engineer Do appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
7/3/20230
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Redundancy by Design

Redundancy by Design Abstract Kirk and Fred discussing the use of backups and system redundancy in the design of electronics for increased reliability. Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss how a company that wants to use two combined stresses simultaneously, at three intensity levels, but not the same stress combinations at each […] The post SOR 874 Redundancy by Design appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
6/30/20230
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Wishful Accelerated Testing

Wishful Accelerated Testing Abstract Kirk and Fred discussing a accelerated stress test that a listener was going to use a different combination of stresses on samples to determine life estimates. Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss how a company that wants to use two combined stresses simultaneously, at three intensity levels, but […] The post SOR 873 Wishful Accelerated Testing appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
6/26/20230
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Design Process Blindspots

Design Process Blindspots Abstract Carl and Fred discussing the interesting subject of “blind spots,” and how they can impede good designs. Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss the nature of “blind spots” and how they can be addressed in teams. Topics include: On an FMEA team, why not have the design engineer […] The post SOR 872 Design Process Blindspots appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
6/23/20230
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Giving and a Reliability Career

Giving and a Reliability Career Abstract Carl and Fred discussing how focusing on helping others can enhance your reliability career and provide a sense of community. Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss a philosophy of life that relates to giving. Topics include: The value of networking The value of working on standards […] The post SOR 871 Giving and a Reliability Career appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
6/19/20230
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Reliability Lunch and Learns

Reliability Lunch and Learns Abstract Dianna and Fred discussing how reliability engineers can promote engagement within their organizations, including reliability lunch and learns. Key Points Join Dianna and Fred as they discuss reliability lunch and learns and other ways that reliability engineers (and others!) can promote engagement within their organizations. Goals of outreach programs hosted […] The post SOR 870 Reliability Lunch and Learns appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
6/16/20230
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Reliability Engineering and Marketing Similarities

Why is reliability engineering similar to marketing? Because first and foremost, we need to convince people that reliability engineering is important ... and will start saving them time and money starting now (not sometime in the future). The post SOR 869 Reliability Engineering and Marketing Similarities appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
6/12/20230
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Reliability Engineering and AI

Reliability Engineering and AI Abstract Carl and Fred discussing the integration of artificial intelligence with the tools and procedures of reliability engineering. Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss the broad subject of models, AI, and various types of automation, and how they interact with the day to day activities of reliability engineering. […] The post SOR 868 Reliability Engineering and AI appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
6/9/20230
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Identify Key Decisions

Identify Key Decisions Abstract Carl and Fred discussing the integration of reliability activities with engineering decisions, and how to enhance this important intersection. Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss the important of supporting the decision-making process with the tools of Reliability Engineering. Topics include: The origin of Speaking of Reliability Aligning reliability […] The post SOR 867 Identify Key Decisions appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
6/5/20230
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Career Strategies

Career Strategies Abstract Kirk and Fred discuss about a career progression in the field of reliability engineering and job movement in this post-pandemic work world. Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss career paths in becoming a knowledgeable and more skilled reliability professional. Topics include: Kirk’s experience in semiconductor manufacturing, and later in […] The post SOR 866 Career Strategies appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
6/2/20230
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The Right to Repair

The Right to Repair Abstract Kirk and Fred discuss new efforts in states to legislate the consumer’s right to repair equipment they have purchased. Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss new laws forcing equipment manufacturers to make diagnostic software, spare hardware parts and the tools needed to make repairs on their own. […] The post SOR 865 The Right to Repair appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
5/29/20230
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Using Peck's Equation

Using Peck’s Equation Abstract Chris and Fred discussing the proper use of the equation often used to determine acceleration factors for accelerated temperature and humidity testing. Key Points Join Chris and Fred as they discuss Topics include: The creation of the equation and the specific failure mechanism Other failure mechanisms and technologies most likely are […] The post SOR 864 Using Peck’s Equation appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
5/26/20230
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Failure Rate to a Distribution

Failure Rate to a Distribution Abstract Chris and Fred discussing a listener’s questions on how to convert a failure rate to a distribution. Key Points Join Chris and Fred as they discuss a rather common problem when a vendor only provides a FIT or failure rate as reliability information and you want to use a […] The post SOR 863 Failure Rate to a Distribution appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
5/22/20230
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Dealing with Reliability Risk

Dealing with Reliability Risk Abstract Greg and Fred discussing how reliability inherently involves variability and risk. Key Points Join Greg and Fred as they discuss how to address decision making involving reliability and risk. Topics include: What does reliability risk mean? How to address reliability risks. What are the tools to address reliability risk in […] The post SOR 862 Dealing with Reliability Risk appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
5/19/20230
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Reshoring and Talent

Reshoring and Talent Abstract Greg and Fred discussing bringing suppliers back to the location of OEM headquarters and factories. A common risk is finding the talent to design and build these factories. Key Points Join Greg and Fred as they discuss reshoring and finding the right talent. Reshoring is the business of bringing suppliers back […] The post SOR 861 Reshoring and Talent appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
5/15/20230
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Software and Thinking

We (for many reasons) need software to help us do reliability things. Humans aren't nearly as good as computers at doing complicated math. But still ... how do we know that the software packages are giving us the right (or useful) numbers? The post SOR 860 Software and Thinking appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
5/12/20230
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An ALT Design Question

We love podcasts where we answer a question from one of our listeners. This is one of those. One of our listeners has some questions about Accelerated Life Testing or ALT. Would you like to hear us talk about a real-world problem? The post SOR 859 An ALT Design Question appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
5/8/20230
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Reliability Predictions and FMEA Occurrence

Reliability Predictions and FMEA Occurrence Abstract Carl and Fred discussing a reader question about FMEAs. Specifically, whether reliability predictions (for similar systems) are valid input to the Occurrence rating in an FMEA. Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss the subject of Reliability Predictions, and whether they can be used in an FMEA. […] The post SOR 858 Reliability Predictions and FMEA Occurrence appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
5/5/20230
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Selecting the Right Method

Selecting the Right Method Abstract Greg and Fred discussing the right method (s) to solve quality and reliability problems specifically answering the question ‘is the approach good enough?’ Key Points Join Greg and Fred as they discuss how to approach a problem and make a decision. Asking the right questions in the front end saves […] The post SOR 857 Selecting the Right Method appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
5/1/20230
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ChatGPT and Reliability

ChatGPT and Reliability Abstract Kirk and Fred discuss the use of artificial intelligence engines such as ChatGPT in Reliability Engineering. A copy of the ChatGPT questions and responses that we discuss on this podcast is listed in the show notes below. Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss the recent introduction of the […] The post SOR 856 ChatGPT and Reliability appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
4/28/20230
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Mechanical Lessons Learned

Mechanical Lessons Learned Abstract Kirk and Fred discussing Kirk’s recent trip to the Texas Pinball Festival (TPF) and the reliability of Pinball Machines which new designs have been produced for over six decades. Some of the mechanical assemblies have not changed in design for those many decades, even though some changes would be simple and […] The post SOR 855 Mechanical Lessons Learned appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
4/24/20230
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Reliability Gap Assessment

Reliability Gap Assessment Abstract Carl and Fred discussing the second step in achieving high reliability: “Develop a Reliability Gap Assessment.” Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss doing a gap assessment, how it is done and why it is essential to achieving high reliability. Topics include: The core principles of doing a gap […] The post SOR 854 Reliability Gap Assessment appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
4/21/20230
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Reliability Strategic Vision

Reliability Strategic Vision Abstract Carl and Fred discussing the first step in achieving high reliability: “Develop a Reliability Strategic Vision.” Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss the elements that go into a reliability vision, and how it is developed. Topics include: Chapter 5 of the book: The Process of Reliability Engineering” The […] The post SOR 853 Reliability Strategic Vision appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
4/17/20230
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Decisions and Value

Making the right decision means you need to understand 'value.' And different organizations have different definitions of value. It can't just be 'money' ... otherwise the right decision (every time) is to sell everything you have right now to make the most of this concept of 'value' as quickly as possible. So how does 'value' help you make better decisions - especially when it comes to reliability? The post SOR 852 Decisions and Value appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
4/14/20230
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ALT Sample Size

What is Accelerated Life Testing (ALT), and how many products or prototypes do you need to test to make it work? ... but first ... what is ALT supposed to do? The post SOR 851 ALT Sample Size appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
4/10/20230
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Sedentary Inertia in Quality

We use the term 'sedentary inertia' to describe organizations that struggle to change ... mainly because they are used to never having to change. Especially in the world of quality. Which in many cases, feels like it is stuck in prehistoric times. Sound familiar? The post SOR 850 Sedentary Inertia in Quality appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
4/7/20230
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Two Sides of a Coin: Quality and Reliability

Two Sides of a Coin: Quality and Reliability Abstract Dianna and Chris discussing their different viewpoints of quality and reliability: how they are really two sides of a coin that are supported by the culture of an organization and by individual contributors. Key Points Join Dianna and Chris as they discuss two sides of a […] The post SOR 849 Two Sides of a Coin: Quality and Reliability appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
4/3/20230
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Monitoring Manufacturing Product Reliability

Monitoring Manufacturing Product Reliability Abstract Kirk and Fred discussing how to ensure that the quality and reliability of the last units produced from a manufacturing line is the same as the first units produced. Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss the fundamental concern of any manufacturing operation, sustaining quality throughout the manufacturing […] The post SOR 848 Monitoring Manufacturing Product Reliability appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
3/31/20230
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Issues with Single Stress Testing

Issues with Single Stress Testing Abstract Kirk and Fred discussing a question from a listener regarding a specific failure mechanism and time to failure for the same, and how most failures are not due to a single stress condition. Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss a solder crack and the forces that […] The post SOR 847 Issues with Single Stress Testing appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
3/27/20230
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Stuck in Your Job

What do you do if you feel like you are stuck in a job? This often happens for reliability engineers when they work in an organization that defines what you can and can't do. What happens if this sounds like you. The post SOR 846 Stuck in Your Job appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
3/24/20230
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RAMS Warts and All

The annual Reliability and Maintainability Symposium (RAMS) used to be one of the 'flagship' gatherings of reliability talent. But after the 2023 version ... can we still say that it is? The post SOR 845 RAMS Warts and All appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
3/20/20230
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Routine Reliability

Routine Reliability Abstract Dianna and Fred discussing routine reliability from a listener’s question: when creating a reliability plan for a project, how do we separate the routine and unique parts of reliability activities? Key Points Join Dianna and Fred as they discuss reliability planning: the technique and frameworks used to achieve reliability objectives. Topics include: […] The post SOR 844 Routine Reliability appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
3/17/20230
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Hidden Reliability Wins

Hidden Reliability Wins Abstract Dianna and Fred discussing hidden reliability wins: when reliability efforts go right, things don’t go wrong. So then, how can reliability engineers quantify their work? Key Points Join Dianna and Fred as they discuss hidden reliability wins. To quantify reliability engineering work, we need to do some due diligence and shine […] The post SOR 843 Hidden Reliability Wins appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
3/13/20230
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Working on the Right Things

Working on the Right Things Abstract Philip and Fred discussing what should reliability engineers be working on that are the right things. Key Points Join Philip and Fred as they discuss Topics include: Do certifications provide a basis for what adds the most value? Dealing with reliability is the culture, not the presence of reliability […] The post SOR 842 Working on the Right Things appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
3/10/20230
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Expectations

Expectations Abstract Philip and Fred discussing how setting expectations impact reliability engineering tasks and results. Key Points Join Philip and Fred as they discuss Topics include: The set of written and unwritten expectations for your role as a reliability engineer. The different set of expectations when reacting to problems or proactively avoiding them. Dealing with […] The post SOR 841 Expectations appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
3/6/20230
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Regulators and Risk

The regulators are here to keep us 'safe.' Awesome! But they need to be the adults in the room. And by that, we mean motivating good behaviors in the people who make stuff. If the regulators simply turn into people who are looking for reasons to say 'no,' then we have a problem. They are not the adults we need anymore. The post SOR 840 Regulators and Risk appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
3/3/20230
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First Steps with Data

What is the first thing you do when someone gives you a chunk of data? There are many examples of people rushing to analyze 'something' ... and then realizing they don't help change anything. The post SOR 839 First Steps with Data appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
2/27/20230
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Basic Risk Management

Basic Risk Management Abstract Greg and Fred discussing how to set up a risk assessment program. Key Points Join Greg and Fred as they discuss how to start risk analysis. Topics include: How to start a risk program in a project or process in terms of looking at variation. How SPC, FMEA, and other quality […] The post SOR 838 Basic Risk Management appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
2/24/20230
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Checking Assumptions

Checking Assumptions Abstract Greg and Fred discussing how assumptions in reliability and quality engineering are highly critical. We all know what assume can stand for: make an ‘ass of u and me.’ Key Points Join Greg and Fred as they discuss how assumptions are a form of bias that needs to be understood and mitigated […] The post SOR 837 Checking Assumptions appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
2/20/20230
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Backup Balance

Backup Balance Abstract Kirk and Fred discussing how much we should invest in backup power or systems redundancy to prepare for rare weather or use conditions. Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss how much money do we need to spend to have backup systems or increasing the strength or robustness of systems […] The post SOR 836 Backup Balance appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
2/17/20230
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Role of Technical Papers

Role of Technical Papers Abstract Kirk and Fred discussing technical papers, which Fred and Kirk have a few on the website Research Gate, and the role they play in the reliability engineering world. Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss the papers and books on reliability engineering, Research Gate, and the use of […] The post SOR 835 Role of Technical Papers appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
2/13/20230
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Reliability Assumptions

Reliability Assumptions Abstract Carl and Fred discussing the broad subject of assumptions, and how they impact reliability analysis and applications. When are assumptions good and when are they questionable? Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss how to evaluate the efficacy of assumptions that are used in reliability programs or analyses. Topics include: […] The post SOR 834 Reliability Assumptions appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
2/10/20230
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FMEA Occurance Question

FMEA Occurrence Question Abstract Carl and Fred discussing a question received by an Inside FMEA reader on the subject of FMEA occurrence rating. Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss assessing the occurrence rating in an FMEA, and the various applications and methodologies. Topics include: Why is occurrence part of FMEA? The efficacy […] The post SOR 833 FMEA Occurrence Question appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
2/6/20230
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What is Your Approach

What happens if you need to understand the reliability of something, but that something is brand new, has new technology, is being manufactured by a new facility, or all of the above? It can be, and has been done successfully in the past. So how do you do it? The post SOR 832 What is Your Approach appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
2/3/20230
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Setting up an ORT

Let's say you are going to do this thing called Ongoing Reliability Testing (ORT). Can we accelerate failure by increasing temperature? Should we test to failure to find the MTTF? What is ORT? What is MTTF? What are we trying to do? Listen to this podcast to learn more. The post SOR 831 Setting up an ORT appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
1/30/20230
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Dealing With Product Characteristics

Dealing With Product Characteristics Abstract Dianna and Fred discussing engineering projects and dealing with product characteristics and requirements. Key Points Join Dianna and Fred as they discuss a listener’s question about dealing with product characteristics. Topics include: How Reliability Engineers can help with requirements by asking questions and giving feedback. Ways to evaluate requirements. Plastic […] The post SOR 830 Dealing With Product Characteristics appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
1/27/20230
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New Ways to Break Things

New Ways to Break Things Abstract Dianna and Fred discussing new innovations from a reliability point-of-view: how is this new stuff going to break? What are going to be the new ways to break things? Key Points Join Dianna and Fred as they discuss up-and-coming, new technologies and what that means for the reliability profession. […] The post SOR 829 New Ways to Break Things appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
1/23/20230
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New School Leadership

Cultural and societal change is continuous. And so is complaining about it. Leadership is constantly telling us what we can do and what we can't. Which is unfortunate. Because leadership needs to be focused on a specific idea. If leadership is all about complaining about millennials, generation Z, people working from home, young people wanting to be part of decision-making and so on ... you are in trouble! The post SOR 828 New School Leadership appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
1/20/20230
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60 Percentile with Vendor Data

We are often faced with vendors who have outrageous claims regarding the reliability of a component or product ... where we are underwhelmed with reliability test data? Particularly when there is zero failures ... and sometimes a lower confidence bound on the MTBF from this data? The post SOR 827 60th Percentile with Vendor Data appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
1/16/20230
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Reliability and Statistics

Reliability and Statistics Abstract Kirk and Fred discussing the use of statistics in reliability engineering, where they are useful and where their use may not be the most efficient way to find and fix the cause of failure. Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss their different viewpoints on the use of statistics […] The post SOR 826 Reliability and Statistics appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
1/13/20230
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Learning about Failures

Learning about Failures Abstract Kirk and Fred discussing the idea of listing of failure mechanisms and their different viewpoints on how we learn some of the common failure mechanisms Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss the challenge of listing potential failure mechanisms that usually occur when some mistake has been made in […] The post SOR 825 Learning about Failures appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
1/9/20230
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Single Use Product Reliability

Single Use Product Reliability Abstract Dianna and Fred discussing single use product reliability. For products that are used once and then disposed or recycled, do we need to consider and plan for their reliability? The short answer: yes! They talk about the things to consider with single use products. Key Points Join Dianna and Fred […] The post SOR 824 Single Use Product Reliability appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
1/6/20230
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Stresses and Mechanism

Stresses and Mechanism Abstract Dianna and Fred discussing a listener question about understanding stresses and mechanism of failures of a new design. Key Points Join Dianna and Fred as they discuss a listener question: Is there a listing of all failure mechanisms and their stresses that I can reference? When I’m looking at a product […] The post SOR 823 Stresses and Mechanism appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
1/2/20230
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Identify Weak Points

Identify Weak Points Abstract Kirk and Fred discussing how a good reliability development process is to identify the weaknesses to improve a product including a recent fence repair at Kirk’s house. Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss how a fence repair specialist identify a weakness in a fence and gate support structure […] The post SOR 822 Identify Weak Points appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
12/30/20220
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Confirmation Bias

Confirmation Bias Abstract Kirk and Fred discussing the paths they took in Reliability Engineering, how our past experience shaped our view of the best methods for improving the reliability of systems, and how we learn new information on reliability issues. Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss their paths to their current frame […] The post SOR 821 Confirmation Bias appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
12/26/20220
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Failure to Adjust

Failure to Adjust Abstract Greg and Fred discussing why people have a hard time adjusting and pivoting in times of uncertainty, much like what we all experience today. Key Points Join Greg and Fred as they discuss why people have a difficult time adjusting to change. Personal change. Change in weather. Or, change in anything. […] The post SOR 820 Failure to Adjust appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
12/23/20220
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Supply Chain Tradeoffs

Supply Chain Tradeoffs Abstract Greg and Fred discussing the tradeoffs in reshoring. Many companies are considering bringing design and manufacturing back to the US or host country. Key Points Join Greg and Fred as they discuss reshoring or bringing manufacturing back to the US. The challenge is the US has lost much of its engineering […] The post SOR 819 Supply Chain Tradeoffs appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
12/19/20220
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Improving or Suing

Accountability is important. Except when you are trying to find 'someone else' who is accountable. Finding someone to blame (so you can hypothetically sue) does not improve or fix the problem. In fact, the fastest and cheapest solutions to many of the problems us reliability engineers routinely face is a multi-disciplinary approach where everyone works together in order to solve the issue. This means we find the fastest, simplest and cheapest solutions. And no one is every blamed! The post SOR 818 Improving or Suing appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
12/16/20220
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SOR 817 Warranty to Failure Rate

We can sometimes be frustrated by vendors or suppliers not giving us the reliability data we need to do our 'reliability stuff?' Can we glean something from their advertised warranty period? Can we somehow 'reverse engineer' the underlying warranty reliability if we make some assumptions about the cost of failure and profit margin? The post SOR 817 Warranty to Failure Rate appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
12/12/20220
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Uniqueness of Reliability Engineers

Uniqueness of Reliability Engineers Abstract Philip and Fred discussing a handful of traits that may be unique to reliability engineers. Key Points Join Philip and Fred as they discuss what makes reliability engineering attract ‘particular’ types of people. Topics include: Curiosity with how things fail The ability to deal with and learn from failures The […] The post SOR 816 Uniqueness of Reliability Engineers appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
12/9/20220
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Listing of Failure Mechanisms

Listing of Failure Mechanisms Abstract Philip and Fred discussing a question about locating a listing of failure mechanisms. Key Points Join Philip and Fred as they discuss a listing of all failure mechanisms that probably doesn’t exist due to sheer magnitude of the number of mechanisms that exist. Topics include: We do not know of a […] The post SOR 815 Listing of Failure Mechanisms appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
12/5/20220
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Professional Societies: The Rules Have Changed

Professional Societies: The Rules Have Changed Abstract Greg and Fred discussing how The Rules Have Changed for Professional Societies as well as for most of us. Key Points Join Greg and Fred as they discuss the role of professional societies such as IEEE, ASME, ASQ, and others in the age of social media and fast […] The post SOR 814 Professional Societies: The Rules Have Changed appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
12/2/20220
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Quality of Decisions

Quality of Decisions Abstract Greg and Fred discussing how people make important decisions and why decision quality is important. Key Points Join Greg and Fred as they discuss Topics include: Why is decision making in reliability important. How to use reliability tools for effective decision making. What are the critical steps in Fred’s new book […] The post SOR 813 Quality of Decisions appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
11/28/20220
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Storage of Test Parts

Storage of Test Parts Abstract Dianna and Fred discussing the effects of handling, cumulative test, and storage of test parts on test results. Key Points Join Dianna and Fred as they discuss experiences of when testing product went awry because of handling, cumulative test, and storage of test parts. Topics include: identifying the true failure […] The post SOR 812 Storage of Test Parts appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
11/25/20220
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Reliability Prediction Standards

Dianna and Fred discussing the history and application of published parts count prediction models and standards in reliability analysis. The post SOR 811 Reliability Prediction Standards appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
11/21/20220
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Metrics and Games

Metrics and Games Abstract Carl and Fred discussing a listener question on maintenance strategies, and a company mandate metric comparing preventive and corrective maintenance tasks. Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss how metrics can become a numbers game if they are used incorrectly. Topics include: Sometimes a metric can alter behavior in […] The post SOR 810 Metrics and Games appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
11/18/20220
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The Value of Curiosity

The Value of Curiosity Abstract Carl and Fred discussing what brings enjoyment to one’s life and work, and how to explore and learn, with curiosity. Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss the value of curiosity in our day-to-day work. Topics include: Using what we know in science and engineering to understand problems […] The post SOR 809 The Value of Curiosity appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
11/14/20220
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What is a Reliability Score?

It is sometimes difficult to express reliability performance to users or customers. It is all well and good to say that something has a 97.8 % reliability at three years when driven in certain conditions. But different customers will create different conditions. So this number is often irrelevant. How do we give our customers and users a 'reliability score' that means something but isn't just made up? The post SOR 808 What is a Reliability Score? appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
11/11/20220
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Confidence and Tolerance Intervals

Many engineering disciplines require statistical analysis. Which means we need to use definitions and concepts ... like 'tolerance,' 'confidence' and 'prediction' intervals. But do we? Do these definitions only help statisticians? Or do they help you in your job? Listen to this podcast to learn more. The post SOR 807 Confidence and Tolerance Intervals appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
11/7/20220
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MOEST Setup Remotely

MEOST Setup Remotely Abstract Kirk and Fred discussing Multiple Environmental Over Stress Test or MEOST. Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss the term MEOST and how it is very similar to HALT in the use of stress to find latent defects or weaknesses. Topics include: Gregg Hobbs was very possessive of the […] The post SOR 806 MEOST Setup Remotely appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
11/4/20220
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Reliability Spooky Stories

Reliability Spooky Stories Abstract Kirk and Fred discussing and reflecting on some of the spooky reliability problems we have seen (or not seen) that sometimes have haunted us on this Halloween 2022 episode of SOR Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss Topics include: Fred recalls a meeting that many engineers shared scary […] The post SOR 805 Reliability Spooky Stories appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
10/31/20220
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Risk and Supply Chain

Risk and Supply Chain Abstract Greg and Fred discussing supply chain risk management. Key Points Join Greg and Fred as they discuss current practices and risk in supply chain management.Topics include: Just in Time may become Just in Case risk management. How to mitigate supply chain inventory risks. Current challenges in supply chain manufacturing. What’s […] The post SOR 804 Risk and Supply Chain appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
10/28/20220
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Decision Making in Reliability

Decision Making in Reliability Abstract Greg and Fred discussing the importance of decision making in quality, reliability, and work in general. Key Points Join Greg and Fred as they discuss Topics include: Importance of decision making in reliability. Types of decisions in quality and reliability and life. Discussion on types of reliability decision making starting […] The post SOR 803 Decision Making in Reliability appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
10/24/20220
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How to Talk About MTBF

What happens when you (perhaps for the first time) realize that the MTBF is not reliability ... but you work in an organization or industry that appears to worship it? What can you do? The post SOR 802 How to Talk About MTBF appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
10/21/20220
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Deferred Maintenance in the News

We are often given the option of 'deferring' maintenance. This usually happens when our budget and schedule tells us we have to ... and we then tie ourselves in knots trying to convince ourselves that this is OK and that laws of physics will also be deferred. Really? The post SOR 801 Deferred Maintenance in the News appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
10/17/20220
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What Could Go Wrong

Some of us are forced to try and estimate reliability outside of our experience base. We might need to create an electronic component that is going to be asked to last centuries. How do you go about this? The post SOR 800 What Could Go Wrong appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
10/14/20220
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Changing Company Career Advice

Changing Company Career Advice Abstract Carl and Fred discussing advice for experienced engineers who are looking to change jobs or companies. Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss lessons learned on how to advance one’s career when changing companies. Topics include: Don’t be afraid to look for new positions. The best employees look […] The post SOR 799 Changing Company Career Advice appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
10/10/20220
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Inside Company Career Advice

Inside Company Career Advice Abstract Carl and Fred talking about their experiences in their own careers and advices for others in developing and taking advantage of career opportunities within a company. Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss the most important lessons when advancing careers. This podcast will talk about career advancement inside […] The post SOR 798 Inside Company Career Advice appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
10/7/20220
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Data and Automation of Analysis

Data and Automation of Analysis Abstract Kirk and Fred discussing the use of current buzzwords in the field of reliability, the use of software data Failure Reporting and Corrective Action Systems (FRACAS) and how many reliability professionals jump to software automation to analyze reliability issues. Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss how […] The post SOR 797 Data and Automation of Analysis appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
10/3/20220
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Very Long Term Storage Question

Very Long Term Storage Question Abstract Kirk and Fred discussing how to determine reliability for an LED device that needs to be operational after 250 years storage. Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss a question he had about how to determine what physical changes that may cause failure of an LED after […] The post SOR 796 Very Long Term Storage Question appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
9/29/20220
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The Point of Your Role

The Point of Your Role Abstract Greg and Fred discussing the professional role of a quality and reliability engineer within an organization. Key Points Join Greg and Fred as they discuss the role of quality and reliability engineering when everyone is responsible for the quality of their efforts. Topics include: What are quality and reliability […] The post SOR 795 The Point of Your Role appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
9/26/20220
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The Term Risk Management

The Term Risk Management Abstract Greg and Fred discuss the concepts and words surrounding reliability management, risk management and enterprise risk management. Key Points Join Greg and Fred as they discuss the idea that ‘words matter’. Topics include: Why do professional words matter. Why ‘risk management’ may become ‘certainty management’ Why culture is all important […] The post SOR 794 The Term Risk Management appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
9/23/20220
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Putting Reliability Plans Together

A lot of organizations (say they) want to create a reliability plan. But how do we do this? It isn't simply looking through books and standards to find 'tools.' When you describe how to build a house, a piece of furniture, or a deck, you don't simply list the tools you need. This is not a plan! Same goes for reliability engineering. The post SOR 793 Putting Reliability Plans Together appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
9/19/20220
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Overcoming Resistance

Many reliability engineers often come up with roadblocks to their good ideas based on cultural issues. But is there any way around these issues? ... over these issues? ... through these issues? The post SOR 792 Overcoming Resistance appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
9/16/20220
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Approaches to Systemic Change

Approaches to Systemic Change Abstract Dianna and Fred discussing a listener question about approaches to systemic change. How can we make systemic changes into the way people go about their work? They talk about change management and work culture. Key Points Join Dianna and Fred as they discuss a listener question about change management and […] The post SOR 791 Approaches to Systemic Change appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
9/12/20220
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Necessity of Collaboration

Necessity of Collaboration Abstract Dianna and Fred discussing the many forms that collaboration can take and ways to approach collaboration as a way to successfully work with others to solve a problem. Key Points Join Dianna and Fred as they discuss the necessity of collaboration with others. Topics include: why reliability engineers need to be […] The post SOR 790 Necessity of Collaboration appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
9/9/20220
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Reliability of Produce

Reliability of Produce Abstract Kirk and Fred discussing about a subject that is quite different from electronics and systems, that is the degradation of fruit and vegetables and prevention of aging or preservation of fruit. Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss the approach we might use to determination of how and the […] The post SOR 789 Reliability of Produce appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
9/5/20220
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Prework for HALT

Prework for HALT Abstract Kirk and Fred discussing a question from a listener, that is pretty fundamental to HALT programs, what to do before starting to do HALT. Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss what needs to happen in a company before trying to do HALT in an organization that has not […] The post SOR 788 Prework for HALT appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
9/2/20220
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Working with a Lab

What sort of things do you need to think about when you are looking for a laboratory or 'lab' to help you work out reliability 'stuff?' You can't outsource absolutely everything. But what can you outsource? The post SOR 787 Working with a Lab appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
8/29/20220
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Strength-Stress with Limited Information

What does it mean to deal with a 'stress-strength' problem where we are given (seemingly) little information to try and come up with something meaningful when it comes to reliability? The post SOR 786 Strength-Stress with Limited Information appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
8/26/20220
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Restarting Quality

Restarting Quality Abstract Greg and Fred discuss the future of quality and reliability – which may be ‘back to the future’ of quality. Key Points Join Greg and Fred as they discuss how to restart quality Topics include: What is the current state of quality management, assurance, and control. What changes are occuring in quality. […] The post SOR 785 Restarting Quality appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
8/22/20220
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Decision Fatigue

Decision Fatigue Abstract Greg and Fred discuss the importance for making smart decisions. The challenge is that after Covid we are all tired of making decisions. So, have we lost our perspective and even our sense of humor in understanding context in making smart decisions. Key Points Join Greg and Fred as they discuss decision […] The post SOR 784 Decision Fatigue appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
8/19/20220
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A Facilitator's Role

A Facilitator’s Role Abstract Carl and Fred discussing the essence of a facilitator’s role in leading meetings and reliability methods. This role is discussed from the viewpoint of reliability applications. Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss the key elements of the facilitator role. What works? What doesn’t work? What skills are involved? […] The post SOR 783 A Facilitator’s Role appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
8/15/20220
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A PFMEA Use Question

A PFMEA Use Question Abstract Carl and Fred discussing an interesting question from a subscriber to the Inside FMEA series. The question has to do with selected process steps on a Process FMEA, and the efficacy and value of the occurrence rating being verified later in pilot assembly or trial production. Key Points Join Carl […] The post SOR 782 A PFMEA Use Question appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
8/12/20220
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Data and Mechanism

Reliability data analysis is rarely - by itself - enough. Why? Well, if we are trying to challenge a preconceived idea about something, then we need to respect that it is a human being we are trying to convince. So what can we do? The post SOR 781 Data and Mechanism appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
8/8/20220
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Influencing Change

How do we influence change in organizations that think they are open to change ... but really aren't? Especially when it comes to reliability engineering? The post SOR 780 Influencing Change appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
8/5/20220
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Dealing with Changing Requirements

Dealing with Changing Requirements Abstract Kirk and Fred discussing the dynamics of changing a design during the development process. The longer it takes to develop a new product the longer it allows the competitors to introduce new features and functions, which may have more market appeal than your products features right as your finishing development. […] The post SOR 779 Dealing with Changing Requirements appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
8/1/20220
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Connect Activity to Business Objectives

Connect Activity to Business Objectives Abstract Kirk and Fred discussing a basic question Fred asks in the Reliability Management Class and with new clients, that is “what are you trying to accomplish” with your reliability program, Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss the objectives reliability and business and connecting those objectives to […] The post SOR 778 Connect Activity to Business Objectives appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
7/29/20220
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We Are All Consultants

We Are All Consultants Abstract Carl and Fred discussing how much of what we do as reliability professionals falls into the role of consultants. Learning how to be better consultants will enhance the results of our day-to-day work. Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss their experiences as consultants and how they were […] The post SOR 777 We Are All Consultants appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
7/25/20220
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Good Knowledge Transfer

Transferring Knowledge Abstract Carl and Fred discussing the process of knowledge transfer from one person to others. This process is at the core of influencing others to achieve reliability objectives. Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss how to transfer your knowledge to other people, and conversely, how to support knowledge transfer from […] The post SOR 776 Transferring Knowledge appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
7/22/20220
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Manager and Leader

Manager and Leader Abstract Greg and Fred discuss the importance of management and leadership. They cover the similarities and differences between the two. Key Points Join Greg and Fred as they discuss the future of management and leadership. Both have changed radically following Covid. This is important because in today’s ‘great resignation’ workers are leaving […] The post SOR 775 Manager and Leader appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
7/18/20220
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Why Do Networking

Why Do Networking Abstract Greg and Fred discuss the importance and challenges of networking. Key Points Join Greg and Fred as they discuss the future of networking and even influencing that can positively impact your career. Topics include: What does networking look like in the post covid world? Why is networking important for your present […] The post SOR 774 Why Do Networking appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
7/15/20220
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Training that Sticks

Training that Sticks Abstract Dianna and Fred discussing training that sticks. Key Points Join Dianna and Fred as they discuss what makes successful training and consider it from teacher/coach and student point-of-views. “Who is responsible for learning?” Topics include: grades: getting a great grade but not learning anything is less than useful a student approach […] The post SOR 773 Training that Sticks appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
7/11/20220
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Independent Design Reviewer

Independent Design Reviewer Abstract Dianna and Fred discussing design reviews and independent reviewers. Key Points Join Dianna and Fred as they discuss a question: “How important are independent reviewers to a design review, and what is their general purpose for the design review process?” Topics include: responsibilities of being an independent reviewer and of the […] The post SOR 772 Independent Design Reviewer appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
7/8/20220
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Too Many Meetings

Too Many Meetings Abstract Dianna and Fred discussing how to get next steps when being presented a problem by quality assurance. Key Points Join Dianna and Fred as they discuss a listener question: Our QA team holds meetings to track items and problems, but they’re not helpful in finding solutions. What can I do? Topics […] The post SOR 771 Too Many Meetings appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
7/4/20220
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Who Makes Something Reliable?

Who is responsible for reliability? Is it your suppliers who ought to be subject matter experts on making whatever it is they make? Is it the junior engineers who have completed engineering degrees and therefore should know how to make something reliable? Is it the people who write standards and textbooks and guidebooks that you mandate everyone to follow? ... or perhaps ... is it you? The post SOR 770 Who Makes Something Reliable? appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
7/1/20220
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Confidence from Understanding

Confidence from Understanding Abstract Chris and Fred discuss what this term ‘confidence’ means … especially when it comes to statistics (and reliability) Key Points Join Chris and Fred as they discuss what ‘confidence’ means … especially when we do things like statistical analysis to help us understand the reliability characteristics of a system or product. […] The post SOR 769 Confidence from Understanding appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
6/27/20220
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Training Everyone for Risk Management

Training Everyone for Risk Management Abstract Greg and Fred discussing risk management training for all employees. Key Points Join Fred and Greg as they discuss how risk management is like quality in 1987, when Baldrige, ISO 9001, and Six Sigma were launched. We live in VUCA time. Companies now are training everyone in risk to […] The post SOR 768 Training Everyone for Risk Management appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
6/24/20220
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Decision Making for Reliability

Decision Making for Reliability Abstract Greg and Fred discussing risk based, decision making for reliability and quality engineers. Key Points Join Fred and Greg as they discuss decision making in reliability, quality, and engineering. Good decision making may be the key personal differentiator for all engineers in an age when a work smart phone will […] The post SOR 767 Decision Making for Reliability appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
6/20/20220
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What Matters in a Demonstration Test

What Matters in a Demonstration Test? Abstract Carl and Fred discussing a listener question about how which failures to count in demonstration testing. Specifically, what about maintenance induced failures, supply chain failures and other types of failures, not typically part of the product design. Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss reliability demonstration […] The post SOR 766 What Matters in a Demonstration Test appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
6/17/20220
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Fast vs Thorough

Fast vs Thorough Abstract Carl and Fred discussing the need to be fast in smaller or startup companies. Reliability engineering can adapt to a fast culture and support lean product development, without compromising essential tasks. Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss the product development process in small companies, balancing the need to […] The post SOR 765 Fast vs Thorough appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
6/13/20220
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Regression Metrics

Software packages and textbook methods can often give us a single 'number' that tells us how good a potential model is (or not) for the data we get from observing a process. But ... you need to understand that this is by no means a 'perfect' way of trying to understand your process. Relying on software to think for you means that you don't understand what is going on. And that means your analysis won't be based on an understanding of what is going on either. The post SOR 764 Regression Metrics appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
6/10/20220
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Technology Only Goes So Far

We often try and 'engineer' reliable solutions. We find technological solutions to as many failures as possible. But it can only go so far - mainly because there is usually a human involved in most systems. The post SOR 763 Technology Only Goes So Far appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
6/6/20220
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Problem Solving with Customer Service

Problem Solving with Customer Service Abstract Dianna and Fred discussing customer service: personal and professional experiences. Key Points Join Dianna and Fred as they discuss problem solving with customer service. Topics include: partnering with a customer service agent when you’re the customer coordinating with the customer service department when you’re an engineer at the same […] The post SOR 762 Problem Solving with Customer Service appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
6/3/20220
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Encouraging New Engineers

Encouraging New Engineers Abstract Dianna and Fred discussing why and how to encourage new engineers and foster younger generations to consider engineering as a profession. Key Points Join Dianna and Fred as they discuss how to get new generations involved in engineering. Topics include: Getting active in youth programs. Fostering curiosity by letting others do […] The post SOR 761 Encouraging New Engineers appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
5/30/20220
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Dealing with Suppliers

Dealing with Suppliers Abstract Kirk and Fred discussing dealing with suppliers in dealing with failures in complex interconnected systems. Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss the many different responses and challenges that different subsystem suppliers can have when trying to get their help with a reliability issue. Topics include: Much of a […] The post SOR 760 Dealing with Suppliers appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
5/27/20220
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Talking about HALT

Talking about HALT Abstract Kirk and Fred discussing a basic subject that Kirk has been speaking about for over three decades, Highly Accelerated Life Testing (HALT) and carrying the ideas of Gregg Hobbs, Ph.D. who termed the acronym and methodology Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss a subject that is a new […] The post SOR 759 Talking about HALT appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
5/23/20220
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Incomplete Data

Reliability engineers need to deal with 'incomplete data.' Incomplete data is not bad. It is common. So we need to get used to dealing with. So what is 'incomplete data' and how do we use it? The post SOR 758 Incomplete Data appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
5/20/20220
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No Such Thing as Safe

We all want something to be safe. But what does it mean to be 'safe?' The safest thing you can do is ... nothing! Just stay in bed and you are less likely to be murdered, killed in a car crash et cetera. But this doesn't really work. So again ... what does it mean to be 'safe?' The post SOR 757 No Such Thing as Safe appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
5/16/20220
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Fitting into a Risk Program

Fitting into a Risk Program Abstract Greg and Fred discussing how risk assessment must be tailored to the context of the organization. Key Points Join Fred and Greg as they discuss how risk management is becoming essential knowledge, skills, and abilities for all quality and reliability professionals. Topics include: How risk assessment should be tailored […] The post SOR 756 Fitting into a Risk Program appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
5/13/20220
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Risk Assessments

Risk Assessments Abstract Greg and Fred discussing how and why to conduct risk assessments. Key Points Join Fred and Greg as they discuss risk assessments. ISO defines a risk assessment as: 1. Risk identification; 2. Risk analysis and 3. Risk evaluation. Risk assessments must be tailored to the context and organization level. Focus the risk […] The post SOR 755 Risk Assessments appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
5/9/20220
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What Software Are You Using?

What Software Are You Using? Abstract Dianna and Fred discussing software tools used by reliability engineers: the good, the bad, and pitfalls. Key Points Join Dianna and Fred as they discuss software tools used by reliability engineers. Topics include: Different suites of software that they’ve used in the past and what they’re using today. Assumptions […] The post SOR 754 What Software Are You Using? appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
5/6/20220
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Catching Up with Questions

Catching Up with Questions Abstract Carl and Fred summarizing and discussing the latest questions received from readers and listeners. Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss questions relating to FMEA detection, FMEA scope, and other questions. Topics include: FMEA detection methods and ratings Two types of Detection: detection during product development and detection […] The post SOR 753 Catching Up with Questions appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
5/2/20220
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Bringing Back Old Plant Equipment

Bringing Back Old Plant Equipment Abstract Carl and Fred discussing a listener question about the use of FMEA when ramping up equipment in a plant. In this case, the equipment had been sitting dormant for a number of years. Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss which specific methods would be most useful […] The post SOR 752 Bringing Back Old Plant Equipment appeared first on Accendo Reliability.
4/29/20220