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Module 3 Learning Objectives After completing this module, you should be able to: Describe how to improve system reliability. Determine system reliability. Determine mean time between failures (MTBF). Defining Reliable What do we mean by this odd term? Synonyms . . . Authentic, consistent, infallible. Trustworthy apply to persons, objects, ideas, or information that can be depended upon with confident certainty. Reliable suggests Consistent dependability of judgment, character, performance, or Such as a reliable formula, judge, car, meteorologist. Being reliable. The word “reliable” has its origins in “relier”, Old French for “fasten” or “attach”: the reliable man was an immovable pillar of strength on which you could hang your hat, someone you could lean and depend on, a 1
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man you could trust. (Source: Heading Out on Your Own: Day 26 — 15 Maxims for Being a Reliable Man ) So, in this course, what do we mean by reliability? To begin this discussion .... Consider that the objective of maintenance and reliability is to maintain the capability of systems. Systems make products (and) products make us money! The Strategic Importance of Maintenance and Reliability At the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station, a generator failure is very expensive for both the company and its customers. Power outages are instantaneous, with potentially devastating consequences. Similarly, managers at Frito-Lay, Walt Disney Company, and United Parcel Service (UPS) are intolerant of failures or breakdown. Maintenance is critical at Frito-Lay to achieve high plant utilization and excellent sanitation. At Disney, sparkling clean facilities and safe rides are necessary to retain its standing as one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world.
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