February 2008

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

More on risky trends As expected, last month's article, "Eliminating Risky Trends in Reliability Management" generated considerable reader feedback comments. Allow us to respond and further explain a..

More on risky trends As expected, last month's article, "Eliminating Risky Trends in Reliability Management" generated considerable reader feedback comments. Allow us to respond and further explain as follows: Both authors have been reaching the same conclusion from opposite but well-aligned and thoroughly complementary directions. If we go back a number of years, when profit margins in the hydrocarbon industry were slim to none, the answer from on high (basically the only answer because both the cost of raw materials and products were fixed commodities) was to cut costs (people). Call it the advent of the early retirement programs. Yet, summaries of the Baker panel report seem to imp

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