Category Archives: Reliability Services

A FMEA (Failure Modes and Effects Analysis)  is a large effort. Here are three (3) simple steps to help improve your FMEA. We add some hints that makes this process easier.

With any FMEA, the language we choose and record can make or break the analysis. Within the same language. we all interpret words differently. Without the proper use of words, some failure modes can be misleading when read by others. All is not lost.There are a few simple rules of thumb to follow. This will allow for better FMEA results.

Read on to learn how!

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By Philip Sage

Work instructions are written documents intended to convey how to do a job.

They are an integral part of the process that begins with designing the maintenance strategy using RCM and ends with the execution of the work delivering value to the machine.

Just how important is it to develop and produce excellent work instructions? Read More →

What I want to know from my failure data is “where” to focus limited resources to make the largest impact now.

It is that simple. And as a rule KISS (Keep it simple stupid) applies.

For me – “if” I am collecting failure data , I want to use it to prevent failures in the most useful way. ISO 55000 will be released next year and that standard for asset management includes requirements for robust FRACAS (Failure Reporting and Corrective Action System). Read More →


Kit up is a simple concept, and is one whereby you preassemble work packages and prepare them for execution off line to the repair, so that when the craftsman engages the work activity, they have every thing they will need in their kit.

Measurement of the kit up rate is an excellent metric, because in order to produce a kit up, the reliability of the planning, scheduling and warehouse methods must be high. It is thus a good thing!

To demonstrate why the reliability of the subordinate processes must be high, we need to examine the serial nature of the process of producing a kit. Read More →

RCM and LEAN Do they mix or are they like Oil and Water?

RCM studies are a pain – usually because they take so much effort and so many steps that it is common they often never finish. When a cool tool comes along to make that process easier – well even “easy?”, that is worth blogging about. Read More →

A good friend once told me “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there.”

As we start a journey to talk about the reliability business, first we must talk about “direction” and recount some thoughts I wrote into a recent book on Business Performance Management  (The Maximo Managers Guide to Business Performance Management). Read More →