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Reliability Podcasts

Podcast platform for reliability engineering related podcasts

Been thinking about offering audio podcasts as a way to provide another way for you to learn and improve your reliability engineering mastery.

Tim and I have been recording Dare to Know: Interviews with Quality and Reliability Thought Leaders. Colleagues and I have been making progress on a conversation format podcast on select topics. The Speaking of Reliability series is slowly taking shape. Plus, I'm considering series on basic reliability engineer techniques, NoMTBF, reliability engineering management and other topics.

So, what do you think? Interested?

If so, please let me know what topics you would find most useful. Email me you thoughts and ideas and if you're interested, please stay tuned for upcoming announcements.

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Reliability Projects and Programs


by Fred Schenkelberg


May 19th 9am US Pacific time


As a reliability professional we often work with a team focused on improving the reliability of single product or system. We work with the resources and capabilities of the organization. For me a reliability project is one product or line, a program is the entire organization and lifecycle.


We bring specific tools and knowledge, yet rely on the overall reliability culture of an organization to be successful. The overall reliability program may or may not have the field data, root cause analysis and other element of information that allow us to effectively solve problems for a specific project. In some cases we have to work to improve the overall program while striving to create a reliable product. 

Let’s explore what you should do when you are building a reliability model for a new project and would like to use previous reliability history. If the data is not available what do you do? What are your options?


Let’s discuss what happens when the procurement team consistently selects the least expensive and least reliable components. What are your options? You can and should change the way entire departments do business, for the good of the project and the organization.


Let’s discuss the scope of your role as a reliability engineer.


Register for the free event today.


Registration is limited to 120 given the size of the venue and desire to create an open discussion format.

Here is a round up of reliability related blogs from this past month.

You can find a listing of reliability related blogs at 

Reliability Calendar |Reading | Blogs |

Explosions are Bad for Business: PG&E's $1.6 Billion Fine

Engineering Ethics Blog

by Kaydee

Back in 1956, the California utility company Pacific Gas & Electric laid a new gas pipeline, designated "132", to supply the growing needs of San Francisco and cities to its south along the peninsula.  The 30-inch-diameter pipeline's sections were welded together, and in one length near the town of San Bruno, a lengthwise seam was welded in one section.
For many years, the pipeline carried natural gas northward to San Francisco and surrounding communities, and as the population grew, PG&E increased the pressure the pipeline carried so as to keep up with growing demand. ... 

Read the full article here.

Is everyone aligned with your company standards?

Ludeca Blog

by Trent Phillips

I recently spoke to a reliability engineer who was rolling out our alignment and vibrationequipment to 15 plants across the U.S. This customer got us involved early on in the process. They didn’t just set aside budget money for the equipment purchase, but also enough to properly train their field service personnel on the proper use of the new technologies. We didn’t just address the use of the alignment tools, but also issues like proper equipment installation, lubrication, etc....

Read the full article here.

The Right Greasing Frequency

Noria Corporation

by couch

How often should you regrease your bearings? A number of variables must be considered, including the temperature, speed and load. In this video, Noria expert Wes Cash explains why the type of element in use should not be overlooked and how this can influence the relubrication frequency.  ...

Read the full article here. (video in this case)

Does reliability have to cost a fortune?

Reliability Now

by Guest Post by Chris Wozniak

Business to business, industry to industry, a great deal of effort (and money) is spent on trying to find the “silver bullet” or “next best thing” when it comes to reliability.  The goal is to produce game-changing results in record time . . . or at least a time faster than your closest...

Read the full article here.

Presentation Zen Turns 10!


by Nancy Duarte

Garr Reynolds holds a pretty special place in my heart. Many people  think we should be competitors. Instead, we are close friends.

In 2005, I was cruising around the web looking at a new phenomenon called blogs. I didn’t have time to write one so I googled “presentation blog” and Garr’s site showed up and I loved every post he’d written. We were both. ...

(not really reliability, yet we often need to make presentations)

Read the full article here.


CRE Preparation

Prep notes for ASQ Certified Reliability Engineer exam - ISSN 2165-8633

Short essays and tutorials on the wide range of topics you are expected to master as a certified reliability engineer. The authors of the site are working though the CRE body of knowledge and drafting material to help you understand and master the concepts, tools, and techniques.

The recent post looks at the using the exponential distribution reliability function.

If there is something you would like to know more about, just let us know. See all the posts, subscribe, read, comments, and let others know about this free resource. CREprep.wordpress.com

Musings on reliability and maintenance topics.

Reliability Questions to Ask During a Review

Asking the right question is important. During a review meeting (informal or formal) asking a few reliability questions may reveal weaknesses, strengths, or uncertainty. The design team has many priorities and reliability is often difficult to estimate, yet knowing what is and isn’t known provides a clear picture of risks for decision makers. ...

Read the full article here.

New Course! Kirk Gray and I discuss HALT

HALT and Limit Testing

A flipped webinar

Course Registration $100

Now though June 18th.

Upon registration you have access to the 1.75 hours of discussion and lecture.

Then on June 18th at 9am US Pacific Kirk and I will hold a live online Q & A session.

$100 / person

In this flipped webinar we will explore:

  • The basics of HALT and limit testing
  • How to get the most value from HALT
  • How to get started implementing HALT in your program

After the introduction, Kirk explores 7 topics related to HALT and Limit Testing:

  • HALT: the basic concept
  • Forecasting Reliability
  • Long Term Reliability
  • Technology Obsolescence
  • Design Life
  • Strength of Electronics
  • Stress and Strength

Register today to gain immediate access to the lectures. Then jot down your questions in the course forum or via email to us. Then join us for the live online Q&A session June 18th, 9am US Pacific time.

The intent is to allow you to learn more, at your own pace, and have plenty of time to discuss you questions. Our schedules are tight and finding time for an online course on a fixed schedule is difficult, so, let's make that easy by providing recorded lectures. 

Course Registration $100

We look forward to working with you on this topic. It's time to master HALT and improve it's full potential for your program.


14 Ways to Learn Reliability Engineering

Free when signing up with the Accendo Reliability site.

Receive 15 emails with links to lessons each focusing on ways to learn and master reliability engineering.

You also receive access to ebooks, Dare to Know interviews, and more professional development materials related to reliability engineering.

Visit the course outline page to learn more.
Find my articles at
CERM (R) Risk Insights

A recent article started a series on the nature of failures and the likely causes. "Early Life and Random Failures". Enjoy and let me know what you think of the series.

ENRE642 Reliability Engineering Management class starts June 1st this year.

Both live in College Park, Maryland classroom - great discussions. Plus recordings of those sessions for remote students. You can audit or take the class for credit.

Click the logo below for more information including the class syllabus.

By Fred Schenkelberg in Reliability Engineering Management

126 pages, published 8/31/2014

Product reliability refers to how well a product performs over time. The reliability performance is the direct result of decisions made and actions taken during design, assembly, and use.A well-designed product will meet reliability expectations. Likewise, a weak design will suffer from more failures than expected.Reliability occurs at the point of decision during the design process. Decisions may or may not deliberately include…

Available in paperback ($40) or pdf ($20)

By Fred Schenkelberg in Reliability Engineering Management

74 pages, published 4/1/2014

An obvious result of reliability engineering is the lack of field failures. Connecting your work to the results is not always obvious.In todays organizations everyone has to provide tangible value. Yet, if the product is doing well, how do you show your ongoing contribution to the organization? Reliability engineering may increase the cost of a product or recommend expensive product testing. Justifying these expenses is often based on…

Available in paperback ($36) or pdf ($20)
For those keeping track, I'm still working on the NoMTBF based book - got some great feedback that led to some updates and additional material. Also building a course to go along with the book

More to come. [Fred]
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