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Topic: Reliability & Maintainability Questions and Answers

Topic Posted by: Reliability & Maintainability Forum ( )
Organization: System Reliability Center
Date Posted: Mon Aug 31 12:47:36 US/Eastern 1998

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Posted by: Ned H. Criscimagna ( )
Date posted: Fri Sep 25 15:26:46 US/Eastern 1998
Subject: Has DoD Deserted R&M?
Have Reliability and Maintainability Been Deserted by Dod? In the Second Quarter, 1998 issue of the RAC Journal (available on-line at URL ), my article on this subject appeared. The real question is what has motivated the DoD and military services to reduce their staffs dedicated to R&M? Even the Rome Laboratory (now the Air Force Laboratory Information Directorate) has relinquished its R&M role, a role not assumed by any other Air Force organization. What do you think prompted these actions? Do you see similar reductions in the numbers of R&M engineers employed in industry? If so, to what do you attribute these reductions? I really would like to hear your views.

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Subject: DoD Deserting R&M
Reply Posted by: A K Seah ( )American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)
Date Posted: Mon Dec 14 18:10:00 US/Eastern 1998
While I do not have any inkling on DoD's motive, I do feel that it is not deserting R&M. I also think that DoD is looking to industry in general to support its R&M activities. We in the marine industry are only just beginning to introduce R&M albeit with almost insurmountable difficulties. Pockets of activities are going on, including collection of RAM data. Most without signigicant results. In my view, there is a lack of coordination on how and in what form reliability ought to be applied. Looking back on MIL-STD 785 for example, the regime defined therein is technically sound, but to apply it in commerical shipping industry would be a hard sell. The future for R&M is not at all gloomy; what it needs is to define a scheme - one less rigorous than MIL-STD but good enough to do the needful in system reliability prediction, maintenance management, life cycle cost optimization, etc. - which has commerical application. Most statutory regulations will migrate to a risk-based regime. And a very important element underlying this migration is application of reliability technology. We are looking at this and would like to know anyone that could help.

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