What is Inherent Reliability?

What is Inherent Reliability?

(Video Transcript)
Hi everyone. I moved to Alabama from the Northeast 15 years ago.  And one of the things I LOVE about Alabama is its gorgeous cotton fields.  Now, I think we can learn a lot about Inherent Reliability from cotton.

Let’s talk about three points:

  1. Inherent Reliability is the level of Reliability that is established by the design and manufacturing process of your equipment. In other words, it is what it is! In the case of my cotton field, nothing I can do is going to turn it into a soybean field.
  2. Inherent Reliability is the kind of Reliability that is exhibited by your equipment when it’s protected by the right Proactive Maintenance and some other Default Strategies.  In the case of my cotton field, how much I irrigate it and what kind of fertilization I use will affect the bounty of my harvest.
  3. No amount of Proactive Maintenance can increase the level of Reliability of your equipment beyond what’s already established by its design.

Now there are two morals to this story.

  1. Your equipment is what it is! If you need it to do something that it’s just not capable of doing, then you’re going to have to do some sort of redesign.
  2. Achieving good Reliability depends on the kind of energy that you put into your equipment. And one very important element of that is doing the RIGHT Proactive Maintenance at the RIGHT time.

And Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) is a process that you can use to establish exactly that. I’m Nancy Regan. Thank you for watching!

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Nancy Regan

I started RCMTrainingOnline.com to help organizations gain an understanding of maintenance and reliability basics. After all, the basics pervade just about every asset management solution out there ~ and they’re embedded in Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM).

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