Reliability “Standards” Search Tool

A new reliability engineering search tool was recently added to the Reliability Analytics Toolkit. This tool indexes, on a page level basis, approximately 30,000 pages from various reliability engineering “standards” (government standards, handbooks, guides and reports related to reliability, maintainability, availability, safety, etc.).  The tool provides a more comprehensive search capability than the Google Custom Search box at the top of each page, which only outputs pages ranked high by Google, but not necessarily all pages that contain a particular set of words. Continue reading

Service Life

Service life is a product’s expected lifetime. This period of time can be increased through corrective and preventive maintenance, or other “refresh cycles.” Service life is sometimes confused with mean time between failure (MTBF), or the life associated with a particular item in a system; however, it is primarily related to a business policy regarding whether or not a manufacturer will continued to provide support and upgrades. Continue reading

Time Concepts

Time is of fundamental importance in the quantification of the basic terms which were defined in other definitions found in this blog, for it is this factor which permits the attributes to be measured rather than described in merely qualitative terms. The usual measures of time –  the year, the month, the day, and the hour  form the basis for the computation of reliability. Where appropriate, the time concepts may be replaced by distance, cycles, operations or other quantities.

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Intrinsic Availability

The intrinsic availability of a system or equipment is the probability that it is operating satisfactorily at any point in time when used under stated conditions, where the time considered is operating time and active repair time.

Thus, intrinsic availability excludes from consideration all free time, storage time, administrative time, and logistic time. As the name indicates, intrinsic availability refers primarily to the built-in capability of the system or equipment to operate satisfactorily under stated conditions.

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Serviceability is the ease or difficulty with which an equipment can be repaired

Intuitively, it would seem that some term should be used to represent the degree of ease or difficulty with which an equipment can be repaired. The term “serviceability” has been selected for this concept. Serviceability has a strong influence on repairability, but the two are essentially different concepts. Serviceability is an equipment design characteristic,
while repairability is a probability involving certain categories of time.

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