The Little Black Book of Reliability Management

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The Little Black Book of Reliability Management

The Little Black Book of Reliability Management


Daniel T. Daley


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The Little Black Book of Reliability Management provides the reader with a fresh but comprehensive perspective on the subject of reliability management. It challenges the reader to consider "what he has a right to expect" based on his current reliability programs. And it describes the programs and discipline needed if the reader desires the "right to expect" a higher level of reliability performance. This unique resource is perfect for individuals working in plants and in other organizations that are dependent on the reliability of complex physical assets.



  • Provides much of the information needed to organize a reliability program at a company or in a plant that does not currently have one.
  • Features a simple description of a number of reliability subjects and techniques in a mannerthat readers can easily understand.
  • Describes the data that must be collected and the analysis that should be done at each phase during the lifecycle of a physical asset.
  • Starts the user down the path of collecting data, mapping failures to causes and implementing the elements of a comprehensive reliability program in an order that best serves his needs.
  • Devotes a chapter to pattern recognition and identification of the relationships between identified patterns and failures.
  • Provides real-life examples.
  • Contains examples of documents and spreadsheets needed to apply recommendations at the readers own plants and shops.
  • Introduction
  • What do you have a right to expect?
  • Patterns and Relationships
  • Learning about a Defect
  • Malfunction Reporting
  • Diagnostics
  • Troubleshooting - Digression Concerning Facts
  • Failure Analysis
  • "Bucketing" Information
  • Analysis
  • Creating a Comprehensive Reliability Program
  • General Comments on Reliability Methods
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix 1: Typical Malfunction Reporting and Defect Analysis System
  • Appendix 2: References for Further Reading