Reliability Engineering uses a modelling approach specifically known as Reliability Block Diagrams (RBD) to asses all the characteristics of an asset during its life. The output of this exercise is a dynamic model illustrating different decision-making elements of the asset being studied. This includes economical aspects such as operating costs, spare part management, expected failures and other maintenance outcomes over time. This information allows and operator to correctly budget costs, logistics or labour requirements over the life of the asset. The model also allows the designer to estimate the production output of the asset over time and have a more realistic view of the design output. When it comes to preventive maintenance or redundancy (i.e. adding extra equipment), the model can be altered to visualize the expected output and incremental economical benefits or lack of there off, leading to better decision in terms of capital spending. The author will illustrate the study of a centrifugal pump and help the audience visualize all the above-mentioned aspects.
André-Michel Ferrari is a Reliability Engineering Senior Specialist with Enbridge Pipelines (Liquid Pipelines Division). He has approximately 25 years of industrial experience in reliability engineering, maintenance engineering, and quality systems implementation. His experience includes world-class companies in the brewing, semiconductor, and oil & gas industries. André-Michel is a professional engineer in Alberta and a Certified Reliability Engineer with the American Society for Quality. His academic credentials include an M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from École d’Ingénieurs de Marseille (1994) and an M.Eng. in Engineering Management from the University of Alberta (2010).