Ordering a new piece of equipment? Make sure you answer these 20 questions.

By Michael Blanchard, P.E., CRE, Life Cycle Engineering

One of the biggest challenges I faced as a manufacturing plant reliability engineer (RE) was managing new equipment that had been installed in my area of responsibility without my knowledge or input. Several of those assets jumped to the top of my list of bad actors.

Experience has taught me to get involved with new equipment as early as possible with a cradle-to-grave mentality. This article lists 20 questions that every RE should ask to optimize the reliability and maintainability of new equipment, and prevent the negative consequences of late engagement: chronic reliability problems, high cost, and short useful life. (Safety and environmental concerns are of the utmost importance and need to be addressed by experts in those fields.)

  1. Have the equipment specifications been provided to the vendor yet? The earlier you, the RE, get involved the more you can impact the design and total cost of ownership. By getting involved early in the project you’ll have the opportunity to work with design engineering, providing requirements and special conditions that will affect the operation and maintenance of new equipment. If the equipment has already been purchased, the inherent reliability is fixed but you can still impact the operational reliability and life cycle costs.

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