TECHNIQUES IN PUTTING FAILURE DATA TO WORK FOR MANAGEMENT,
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF
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An extended field study was made of methods of failure reporting and of machine reduction, analysis, and presentation of failure data. The paper presents the results of this study, and shows how a field failure reporting system can be used as a tool for control of equipment reliability. The system developed as a result of the field study is described in some detail. The discussion in the body of the text covers report and presentation forms techniques of gathering, analyzing, and presenting the data mathematical considerations on which the analysis is based and managements use of the data to improve reliability and spare parts supply. Appendices provide more detailed statements on these topics, including an abstract of the machine procedures required to produce the tabulations illustrated.