Design for Reliability

Design for Reliability

Daniel T. Daley


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None of the design for reliability (DFR) books currently available addresses the process from the owner’s (or buyer’s) perspective. Instead, they approach DFR strictly from the seller’s (or manufacturer’s) viewpoint. As a result, few assets are designed and developed with the intent to meet the future owner’s specific needs for reliability, availability, and maintainability over the life of the asset.


In this groundbreaking Design for Reliability book, Dan Daley intends to correct the imbalance in how DFR is often implemented by providing owners with the tools they need to ensure that their requirements - not the seller’s - are followed in developing new assets.


Design for Reliability will be an invaluable guide to everyone involved in the design, development, or purchase of new assets. It helps owners take the necessary steps to get what they really need, and helps sellers “deliver the goods” that their customers – the owners – actually want.



  • Explains how to properly integrate DFR activities with conventional design activities.
  • Provides a simple system to ensure DFR activities are completed on time.
  • Provides spreadsheets and forms needed to portray design results in a clear and usable format.
  • Includes the tables and forms needed to support the design processes and procedures presented in each chapter.
  • Includes appendices that provide an example specification that owners can modify when procuring a new asset and example tables useful in assessing how well the DFR process has met the owner’s needs.

Daniel T. Daley is from Omaha Nebraska and grew up in what was the packing house district of South Omaha. He attended the University of Nebraska and graduated in 1971 with a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering and a commission in the US Air Force. After serving a tour as an Air Force officer (in Selma Alabama and Osan Korea), he returned to school at the University of Missouri, Columbia. There he received a MS in Mechanical Engineering.


His career began with Shell Oil Company where he held a variety of positions in engineering, maintenance and operations, including Director of Maintenance and Reliability for several companies including Shell, OxyChem, Valero, and the Union Pacific railroad. He retired from the Union Pacific railroad, where he was the Director of Locomotive Engineering and Quality. He currently is providing consulting services through his company My Reliability Team, based on his books. Services in support of applying the concepts described in these books are available from My Reliability Team (


  • Introduction
  • Differences in Perspectives
  • DFR for the Seller's Business Model
  • DFR for the Owner's Business Model
  • Reliability Analysis
  • Availability Analysis
  • Maintainability Analysis
  • Organizing for Concurrent Engineering
  • Obtaining the Cooperation of the Seller
  • After the Purchase is Completed
  • Conclusion
  • Appendices
  • Index