Both reliability and maintenance activities work to reduce failures and downtime. Perfect reliability of a system would eliminate the need for maintenance. Perfect maintenance would keep even poorly designed (reliability-wise) operating.
Together the work of reliability and maintenance professional can achieve more then each team working separately. Each brings a set of insights and skills to the conversation. Working together means improving the design of a system so it’s easier to maintain. It also means the day to day observations the maintenance teams make provides meaningful information to the reliability team.
Let’s explore how these two related fields are bound together in so many ways. What works well and what could work better.