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The Little Black Book of Reliability Management

The Little Black Book of Reliability Management

Daniel T. Daley



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The Little Black Book of Reliability Management provides the reader with a fresh but comprehensive perspective on the subject of reliability management. It challenges the reader to consider "what he has a right to expect" based on his current reliability programs. And it describes the programs and discipline needed if the reader desires the "right to expect" a higher level of reliability performance. This unique resource is perfect for individuals working in plants and in other organizations that are dependent on the reliability of complex physical assets.



  • Provides much of the information needed to organize a reliability program at a company or in a plant that does not currently have one.
  • Features a simple description of a number of reliability subjects and techniques in a mannerthat readers can easily understand.
  • Describes the data that must be collected and the analysis that should be done at each phase during the lifecycle of a physical asset.
  • Starts the user down the path of collecting data, mapping failures to causes and implementing the elements of a comprehensive reliability program in an order that best serves his needs.
  • Devotes a chapter to pattern recognition and identification of the relationships between identified patterns and failures.
  • Provides real-life examples.
  • Contains examples of documents and spreadsheets needed to apply recommendations at the readers own plants and shops.

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
  • What do you have a right to expect?
  • Patterns and Relationships
  • Learning about a Defect
  • Malfunction Reporting
  • Diagnostics
  • Troubleshooting - Digression Concerning Facts
  • Failure Analysis
  • "Bucketing" Information
  • Analysis
  • Creating a Comprehensive Reliability Program
  • General Comments on Reliability Methods
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix 1: Typical Malfunction Reporting and Defect Analysis System
  • Appendix 2: References for Further Reading