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Technology – Maintenance and Reliability Initiative Fails

Reasons for failure of maintenance and reliability

The reliability signifies the ability of a machine, system or apparatus to perform consistently its function without degradation. In other way it is defined as the probability of success (Reliability = 1 − Probability of Failure). Reliability engineering centers around the system with the life cycle management as its pivot. This is a subset of systems engineering. Its metrics focuses on the functioning capability at a specified moment or interval of time. Probability derived from reliability, testability and maintainability. Testability, maintainability and maintenance are often defined as a part of “reliability engineering” in Reliability Programs. Reliability plays a key role in the cost-effectiveness of systems. Reliability-centered maintenance differs from ordinary maintenance programs a lot. It’s an alternative way of viewing the system performance in terms of the impact of failure. On the basis of the results, mitigation is done by design, detection, or effective maintenance.

Maintenance and Reliability Initiative Fails
 Improper procedure

  •   Forceful training
    •  Induces employee attrition
  •   Infatuation with software
  •   Poor risk-based thinking
  •   Undefined business case
  •   Wrong focus on failures
  •   Expecting software to solve problems


  •   Thinks reliability as cost center
  •   Lack of strong leaders
  •   Short term focus on maintenance cost
  •   Poor work order data quality
  •   Limited career growth
  •   Shared resources for proactive work


  •   Wrong choice of people
  •   Poor communication
    •  Organization not informed of scale and impact of implementing reliability
  •   Limited involvement of workers

Views/ outlook/ concept

  •   Not focusing on the basics
  •   Setting impractical goals
  •   Reliability not seen as a site imperative

This Ishikawa diagram describes some of the main reasons for failure in reliability and maintenance initiative. The main causes are under each category or group. This root cause analysis template helps to organize a variety of reasons for any issue.

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