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A rallying cry for Asset Reliability!

Assets are under attack daily from natural and forced deterioration, both of which seek to destroy them. To ensure that our assets can continue to perform their functions and deliver years of reliable service, we must defend them against these attacks.

Just as a military fortress is built as a stronghold to defend an army from invading forces, so too a reliability program is built to defend its assets from damaging deterioration and functional failure. Let’s call it our “Reliability Fortress."

A fortress is designed to incorporate several attributes to protect the assets within its walls. Similarly, a Reliability Fortress encompasses many of the same attributes as the real thing.



See threats coming from as far away as possible, in order to prepare for the attack, so
that you are not taken by surprise. Forts have an elevated advantage over their surroundings, permitting watchmen to make patrols along walls looking for signs of attack in the distance.

Reliability Fortress:  Vision to see threats attacking our assets comes in the form of a well-developed Asset Management Strategy recommending the use of Condition Based Maintenance to ensure we have as much time as possible to prevent a loss of function of the assets.

Layered Defenses

To slow, if not stop entirely, the advance of the invasion. These include earthen mounds, water motes, and high walls.

Reliability Fortress: Layered defenses are realized through the use of a combination of technologies and PM tasks to prevent or detect failure modes. By deploying many technologies, the probability that a failure mode can be detected early greatly increases, allowing action to be taken to prevent functional failure.

Robust Construction

To give the fort an ability to withstand multiple strikes without being compromised.

Reliability Fortress: By using the Design for Reliability (DfR) process in the design phase of a project, we ensure that the asset is able to meet or exceed expectations of reliability
performance in all conditions and incorporates redundancy of critical components in case of failure.


To sustain both man and machine (including horses) during a siege. These include food, water, dry gun powder, and ammunition.

Reliability Fortress: MRO systems ensure that enough stock is on hand to replace consumable items, as well as a safety stock for critical assets, thereby helping to maintain the asset in a ready state.

Well-Drilled Soldiers

To bring the fortress to life utilizing all of its design characteristics to their advantage to lay down any attack.

Reliability Fortress: Craft skills assessments and training ensure our teams are well skilled in both the fundamentals as well as current good manufacturing practices (cGMF).


Our assets, and the teams that operate and maintain them, are in a daily fight for survival; we need to build defenses that ensure their successful daily performance and long-term reliability.


Constructing our Reliability Fortress will give us the Vision, Defenses, Robustness, Provisions, and Skills to fend off any attacks that come to do us harm.

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