Do you know how your machines fail?
by Preston Johnson - Allied Reliability Group
What is machine failure? In the classical sense, it is the failure of the machine to perform its function. If a centrifugal pump is to provide 250 gallons of flow per hour, failure may be defined as flow less than 200 gallons per hour. What causes the pump to fail?
There are two broad categories of machine failure: designed-in failure modes, and process driven failure modes. (read more)