J. Denis Summers-Smith was with Imperial Chemical Industries for 30 years, specializing in tribology and having a particular interest in the reliability of process plant equipment. Before retiring he was Tribology Adviser to ICI. Since then he has been working as a Consultant in tribology and is also a Director of Michael Neale & Associates Limited, Consulting Engineers. He is a former Chairman of the Tribology Group of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and was awarded the Tribology Silver Medal of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in 1975.
Fault diagnosis as an aid to process machine reliability
Version of Record online: 20 MAR 2007
Copyright © 1989 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Quality and Reliability Engineering International
Volume 5, Issue 3, pages 203–205, July/September 1989
How to Cite
Denis Summers-Smith, J. (1989), Fault diagnosis as an aid to process machine reliability. Qual. Reliab. Engng. Int., 5: 203–205. doi: 10.1002/qre.4680050304
- Issue online: 20 MAR 2007
- Version of Record online: 20 MAR 2007
- Manuscript Received: 4 JAN 1989
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- Weibull analysis;
- Failure modes
Identification of the reasons for failures of process plant machines is the first step in obtaining increased reliability. Weibull analysis of the service life obtained from maintenance records requires a minimum of only five incidents and provides an insight into the failure mechanism. Two examples are given where Weibull analysis of maintenance records helped identify the cause of failure and was instrumental in achieving enhanced reliability of process plant machines.