Industrial Engineer Engineering and Management Solutions at Work

December 2013    |    Volume: 45    |    Number: 12

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Performance by Kevin McManus

Industrial Engineer’s monthly column about performance improvement (December 2013) 

Intolerable failures

I never will forget when the idea for this article popped into my head. I was teaching an equipment reliability class to a group of power generation plant engineers and asked one of my standard questions: What is a tolerable failure? The reply – "Aren’t all failures tolerable? I mean, we have to learn to live with them" – was a perspective shifter.


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