When developing a product lineup or maintaining a plant, essential factors to consider are security, performance, and reliability. Failure to each critical element may lead to the collapse of the whole production. To ensure that products, components, or plants are in order and perform their functions properly, reliability engineers come in with thoroughly planned maintenance activities.
The reliability engineering discipline applies a scientific approach to ensure that the state of the equipment is monitored and maintained correctly without fail on the specified time duration. Thus, hiring reliable engineers in your maintenance department can promote dependability in handling the lifecycle of the product. Here are other benefits of hiring a reliability engineer.
Handles the hierarchy and resources properly
Every reliability enhancement strategy depends upon the equipment’s criticality as well as its hierarchy. Reliability engineers ensure that these data get completed with the utmost level of accuracy. The data are essential for developing proper maintenance plans.
The product hierarchy, which includes all vital products’ information and characteristics, allows the company to devise a failure mode analysis properly. Moreover, databases for the criticality of the resources ensures that the crucial function of each piece of equipment gets adequately noted, so that the company can work on appropriate strategies to maximize the equipment usage.
Keep effective equipment maintenance plan
Unexpected equipment failures cost time for both the clients and the companies. Therefore, the reliability concept needs to be implemented to minimize such failures and avoid the postponement of production.
The reliability engineers specifically created a plan that includes both condition-monitoring and preventive tasks. This plan is especially helpful in recognizing or preventing failure modes of equipment.
Failure modes can distinguish with the use of collected data for each piece of equipment. Some techniques involved in determining the equipment’s failure modes included failure mode mapping and reliability-centered maintenance. Once failure modes get identified, proper tasks can be made to prevent them promptly.
Increase reliability and minimize downtime
The reliability engineering discipline focuses on expenses due to equipment failure caused by system downtime, including fees for spare parts, repair, overhaul, and warranty.
With proper failure mode strategy at hand, the reliability engineers can implement proactive maintenance procedures such as the predictive and condition-based maintenance (PdM and CbM), both of which happen before breakdowns.
PdM works on a predicted schedule, according to the analysis. Conversely, CbM performs at the exact moment as needed when the measured parameters are below the accepted levels. While the nature of the maintenance is different, both types of support reduce the amount of system downtime.
Develop appropriate maintenance strategy
Reliability engineers optimize the existing equipment maintenance strategy based on their thorough analysis of the “Failure Reporting and Corrective Action System”, which allows these professionals to identify the most common types of equipment failures.
Manages the Root Cause Analysis process
Reliability engineers’ control and handle the Root Cause Analysis (RCA) process, which includes RCA initiation, determining the right triggers, as well as managing the “Action Item Register.” Appropriate triggers identification allows the determination of chances without overpowering the system.
The capability of reliability engineering to utilize current knowledge of analytical, compliance, and predictive technologies adds more merits to the companies. Furthermore, it considerably reduces resources failure, enhances maintenance efficiency, and shorten the repair times.