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Reliability: Things rarely heard at reliability conferences

We can only guess how many reliability conferences we have attended since accepting job offers in the refining or chemical processing industries. In my case, starting in 1965, it is somewhere between 60 and 80. If, in each of these conferences I listened to six presentations, the number of sessions attended is perhaps 400.

Bloch, Heinz P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

We can only guess how many reliability conferences we have attended since accepting job offers in the refining or chemical processing industries. In my case, starting in 1965, it is somewhere between 60 and 80. If, in each of these conferences I listened to six presentations, the number of sessions attended is perhaps 400. To the point: Almost all of these presentations lauded the accomplishments of the presenter’s employer. Few, if any, of these presentations highlighted when and how the company made bad decisions, acted on opinions rather than facts, or wasted money in a variety of other ways. So, let us explore three incidents that you did not hear about. Had they been presented at a con

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