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Standards and Regulations
Last Monday at 10:32 AM

Standards and Regulations Abstract Kirk and Fred discussing the role and relationship of meeting standards and making a reliable product. Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss how passing standard test requirements doesn’t mean you have made a reliable product. Topics include: Standards are very critical to have useful interfaces such as IEEE […] The post SOR 645 Standards and Regulations appeared first on Accendo Reliability.


Dealing with Failures that Destroy
Last Friday at 10:30 AM

Dealing with Failures that Destroy Abstract Kirk and Fred discussing the challenge of understanding the root cause of failures for products that are hard to retrieve from the field or have other reasons that make failure analysis almost impossible. Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss different situations and conditions where the products […] The post SOR 644 Dealing with Failures that Destroy appeared first on Accendo Reliability.


Maintenance FMEAs
04/12/2021

Maintenance FMEAs Abstract Carl and Fred discussing the application of FMEAs in support of asset maintenance. Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss the subject of FMEAs and Maintenance; and difference between FMEAs done in support of product development (Design FMEAs) and FMEAs done in support of maintenance or Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM) […] The post SOR 643 Maintenance FMEAs appeared first on Accendo Reliability.


What Price Reliability?
04/09/2021

What Price Reliability? Abstract Carl and Fred discussing the reliability of the Texas electric grid debacle, and what can be learned from a reliability point of view. Lessons learned from this problem can be applied to other industries. Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss the cost of reliability in the electric grid. […] The post SOR 642 What Price Reliability? appeared first on Accendo Reliability.


How to Become a Reliability Engineering Consultant
04/05/2021

Becoming a reliability engineering consultant can be a really rewarding career. It may be for you. It may not. If you have any questions, please listen to this podcast. The post SOR 641 How to Become a Reliability Engineering Consultant appeared first on Accendo Reliability.


How Reliable Does My System Need to Be?
04/02/2021

Setting reliability requirements for your system can be really challenging. But it is still something you need to come up with for your own organization's unique needs. This podcast can't give you the answer, but it might be able to help you work out where you need to get to an answer that works for you. The post SOR 640 How Reliable Does My System Need to Be? appeared first on Accendo Reliability.


Ready to Teach Reliability
03/29/2021

Ready to Teach Reliability Abstract Philip and Fred discussing the general need to be able to teach reliability all the time. Key Points Join Philip and Fred as they discuss teaching reliability at all levels from the short explanations, to presentations, and via courses. Topics include: Be prepared so the learning experience works for the […] The post SOR 639 Ready to Teach Reliability appeared first on Accendo Reliability.


How Much Do You Need to Know About Reliability?
03/26/2021

How Much Do You Need to Know About Reliability? Abstract The post SOR 638 How Much Do You Need to Know About Reliability? appeared first on Accendo Reliability.


Electrical Power Reliability in Texas
03/22/2021

Electrical Power Reliability in Texas Abstract Kirk and Fred discussing the failures of the electrical grid due to a extreme cold and snow in Texas that was a very rare weather condition in February 2021. Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss the failure of the Texas electrical grid in Texas this past […] The post SOR 637 Electrical Power Reliability in Texas appeared first on Accendo Reliability.


ALT Samples and HALT Limits
03/19/2021

ALT Samples and HALT Limits Abstract Kirk and Fred discussing two questions from a listener on HALT and ALT. Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss two common questions regarding ALT (Accelerated Life Testing) which is to quantify a component or systems time to wear out failure and when do you stop improving […] The post SOR 636 ALT Samples and HALT Limits appeared first on Accendo Reliability.


Backward Blueprinting to Drive Buidling a Plan
03/15/2021

Backward Blueprinting to Drive Building a Plan Abstract Philip and Fred discussing the idea of getting clear around what you want to have when working on reliability within a product, system, or program. Key Points Join Philip and Fred as they discuss the benefits of understanding the desired outcome of accomplishing a reliability plan. Topics […] The post SOR 635 Backward Blueprinting to Drive Buidling a Plan appeared first on Accendo Reliability.


The Need for Proper Reliability Plan
03/12/2021

The Need for Proper Reliability Plan Abstract Philip and Fred discussing 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 […] The post SOR 634 The Need for Proper Reliability Plan appeared first on Accendo Reliability.


Assessing Reliability Courses
03/08/2021

There are many (so-called) reliability engineering courses out there that can perhaps help you further your career. But which one should you do? Listen to this podcast to learn more! The post SOR 633 Assessing Reliability Courses appeared first on Accendo Reliability.


Statistics and Reliability
03/05/2021

How doe reliability engineering relate with probability and statistics? If you read a reliability engineering textbook or complete a reliability engineering course, you would think that the only thing reliability engineers do is probability and statistics. But reliability engineering happens at the point of decision. Which may or may not be influenced by a statistical analysis. Want to learn more? Listen to this podcast. The post SOR 632 Statistics and Reliability appeared first on Accendo Reliability.


What to Do to Avoid Outdated Methods
03/01/2021

What to Do to Avoid Outdated Methods Abstract This is part two of a discussion Kirk and Fred have over a recent ASQ newsletter with CRE (Certified Reliability Engineer) test sample questions at the end. Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss what to do about the perpetuation of many of the misleading […] The post SOR 631 What to Do to Avoid Outdated Methods appeared first on Accendo Reliability.


Why Do We Use Outdated Methods
02/26/2021

Why Do We Use Outdated Methods Abstract This is the first part of two podcast that Kirk and Fred have on a recent ASQ Newsletter with sample CRE (Certified Reliability Engineer) test questions at the end and how outdated and for Kirk how it is perpetuating irrelevant and misleading reliability paradigms Key Points Join Kirk […] The post SOR 630 Why Do We Use Outdated Methods appeared first on Accendo Reliability.


The Problem with Textbooks
02/22/2021

Reliability engineering textbooks are full of things that look technical and valuable, but are typically based on outdated concepts and approaches. And this continues to be reinforced by much of the reliability engineering industry to this day. Want to learn more? Check out this podcast. The post SOR 629 The Problem with Textbooks appeared first on Accendo Reliability.


HALT & Activation Energy
02/19/2021

HALT & Activation Energy Abstract Carl and Fred discussing a listener-submitted topic about highly accelerated life testing. Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss the difference between ALT and HALT, what models can be used, and the limitations. Topics include: HALT is intended to find product weaknesses, not a life test HALT will […] The post SOR 628 HALT & Activation Energy appeared first on Accendo Reliability.


Selecting Tools for a Plan
02/15/2021

Selecting Tools for a Plan Abstract Carl and Fred discussing how to select the tools that will be used in reliability plans. Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss what makes for good reliability plans. Topics include: Wrong way: selecting the tools that you have always used, merely because they have been used […] The post SOR 627 Selecting Tools for a Plan appeared first on Accendo Reliability.


The Dangers of Group Think
02/12/2021

The Dangers of Group Think Abstract Carl and Fred discussing the dynamics of teams, how they work, and what can go wrong. Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss the dangers of “group think” when working with teams. Topics include: What is “group think”? If everyone agrees with an idea, maybe somebody is […] The post SOR 626 The Dangers of Group Think appeared first on Accendo Reliability.


Common Sense
02/08/2021

Common Sense Abstract Carl and Fred discussing the role of common sense in reliability engineering and management. Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss how faulty thinking that defies common sense can lead us in the wrong direction. Topics include: What is “common sense”? Why is it important? Every failure matters, and should […] The post SOR 625 Common Sense appeared first on Accendo Reliability.


Warranty and Reliability
02/05/2021

Warranty and Reliability Abstract Chris and Fred discuss what warranty and reliability mean for each other. They sounds like very related topics or ideas. But are they? Listen to this podcast to learn more. Key Points Join Chris and Fred as they discuss warranty and warranty management. Is this different to reliability? What do you […] The post SOR 624 Warranty and Reliability appeared first on Accendo Reliability.


6 Sigma and Reliability
02/01/2021

A lot of people have heard of '6 sigma.' It is an idea or school of thought that focuses on solving problems. So how does it relate to reliability? And what about the statistics stuff that '6 sigma' gets its name from? Want to learn more? Listen to this podcast to learn more! The post SOR 623 6 Sigma and Reliability appeared first on Accendo Reliability.


Does a CMMS Lead to a Process?
01/29/2021

Does a CMMS Lead to a Process? Abstract James and Fred discussing adopting and using a CMMS system. Key Points Join James and Fred as they discuss a few key points to consider when installing or changing a CMMS. Topics include: Avoid trying to alter your process to fit a CMMS – that will lead […] The post SOR 622 Does a CMMS Lead to a Process? appeared first on Accendo Reliability.


Considering Vibration Sensors
01/25/2021

Considering Vibration Sensors Abstract James and Fred discussing a few best practices when considering installing vibration sensors. Key Points Join James and Fred as they discuss sensors and when and why to use them, prompted by a call from a vibration sensor salesman. Topics include: For your equipment does monitoring vibration help? Gathering data is […] The post SOR 621 Considering Vibration Sensors appeared first on Accendo Reliability.


Rational Assumptions
01/22/2021

Assumptions are packets of information we don't have to earn, create or research. Which saves us a lot of time and money. But if your assumption is wrong then you have misinformation. Which means you will make the wrong decision. And physics and chemistry won't be affected by the assumptions you make. Keen to learn more? Listen to this podcast! The post SOR 620 Rational Assumptions appeared first on Accendo Reliability.


Is Testing The Way to Confirm Reliability
01/18/2021

This podcast is in response to a question one of our listeners asked us! If we have allocated reliability goals (or even MTBF goals) to our subsystems or components, then how do we make sure they are on track? Is testing the answer? If not, what is? Listen to this podcast to learn more. The post SOR 619 Is Testing The Only Way to Confirm Reliability appeared first on Accendo Reliability.


Is There a Standard for HALT?
01/15/2021

Is There a Standard for HALT? Abstract Kirk and Fred discussing the use of HALT and whether there is a standard that is used for HALT and the use of test standards in general. Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss a topic that has been an ongoing discussion since they began the […] The post SOR 618 Is There a Standard for HALT? appeared first on Accendo Reliability.


Engineering Judgement
01/11/2021

Engineering Judgement Abstract Kirk and Fred discussing the use of “engineering judgement” in analysis of reliability testing and the results. Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss the many aspects of the benefits of experience in seeing failure mechanisms and understanding reliability risks. Topics include: How do you protect against those that may […] The post SOR 617 Engineering Judgement appeared first on Accendo Reliability.


Teaching Reliability Part 2
01/08/2021

Teaching Reliability Part 2 Abstract Carl and Fred continuing to discuss how to teach reliability. This is part 2 of the podcast series “Teaching Reliability.” Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss more teaching principles, drawing on their personal experiences. Topics include: Aspire to teach complex subjects in a simple manner The skills of […] The post SOR 616 Teaching Reliability Part 2 appeared first on Accendo Reliability.


Teaching Reliability
01/04/2021

Teaching Reliability Abstract Carl and Fred discussing the principles of teaching reliability, whether it is sharing knowledge to a small number of people or formally instructing a larger group of engineers. Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss what makes for effective teaching. Topics include: Teaching is one way of influencing others Teaching […] The post SOR 615 Teaching Reliability appeared first on Accendo Reliability.


Why Leadership
01/01/2021

'Why' leadership focuses on the reason your organization exists. Why it does what it does. And if you can't articulate 'why' and know the role reliability plays in the 'why,' then you are in trouble. But there is something you can do. Listen to this podcast to learn more. The post SOR 614 ‘Why’ Leadership appeared first on Accendo Reliability.


Focus on Problem Number 5
12/28/2020

Problem #5 refers to a bunch of problems that technically never actually become problems. Why? Because we have made our first design a reliable design. Which means that we spend less money during production, we do everything faster (because we aren't constantly solving problems). And finally, we see fewer failures in the hands of our customers. Listen to this podcast to learn more! The post SOR 613 Focus on Problem Number 5 appeared first on Accendo Reliability.


Balancing Reliability Into Your Organization
12/25/2020

Balancing Reliability Into Your Organization Abstract Philip and Fred discussing the difference between doing tasks and using the results to make decisions. Key Points Join Philip and Fred as they discuss Topics include: To get the ROI you have to actually use the results of a task How do you select the right tools/tasks for […] The post SOR 612 Balancing Reliability Into Your Organization appeared first on Accendo Reliability.


Vendor MTBF Claim
12/21/2020

Vendor MTBF Claim Abstract Philip and Fred discussing Key Points Join Philip and Fred as they discuss Topics include: point 1 point 2Vendor MTBF Claim 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 […] The post SOR 611 Vendor MTBF Claim appeared first on Accendo Reliability.


Public Perception and Reliability
12/18/2020

Public Perception and Reliability Abstract Kirk and Fred discussing the public’s perception of reliability after having a product with poor reliability or one with impressive robustness and how the online sharing of information can affect that in sales, or lack of. Key Points Join Kirk and Fred as they discuss Topics include: The recent post […] The post SOR 610 Public Perception and Reliability appeared first on Accendo Reliability.


Demistifying Derating
12/14/2020

Demistifying Derating Abstract Kirk and Fred discussing 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 […] The post SOR 609 Demistifying Derating appeared first on Accendo Reliability.


Attributes of Reliability Requirements
12/11/2020

Attributes of Reliability Requirements Abstract Carl and Fred discussing the attributes of good reliability requirements, and how they can be used to improve the reliability requirements setting process. Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss the nature of reliability requirements, and how to assess their goodness. Topics include: What makes for good reliability […] The post SOR 608 Attributes of Reliability Requirements appeared first on Accendo Reliability.


Reliability Decisions
12/07/2020

Reliability Decisions Abstract Carl and Fred discussing some of their most memorable reliability decisions, and how the decisions came about. Key Points Join Carl and Fred as they discuss the importance of influencing decisions when managing reliability programs. Topics include: Fred and Carl each share stories where they influenced decisions when working on reliability projects […] The post SOR 607 Reliability Decisions appeared first on Accendo Reliability.


Decisions and Problem Statements
12/04/2020

Decisions and Problem Statements Abstract James and Fred discussing the need to focus on upcoming decisions and problems to solve. Key Points Join James and Fred as they discuss selecting the right tool or method for a particular situation. Topics include: What are typical questions or decisions that we may face The importance of focusing […] The post SOR 606 Decisions and Problem Statements appeared first on Accendo Reliability.