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What would be the foundation of dependability?

Volker Reddig


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Hi @Volker Reddig

There is an International Standard on 'dependability' which is IEC60300 and I only just got myself a copy. It will take me a while to read given there are 15 volumes in the standard and none are an easy read! Anyway, dependability is defined by the IEC as "ability to perform as and when required".

The standard the continues with additional statements that

  • "Dependability includes availability, reliability, recoverability, maintainability, and maintenance support performance, and, in some cases, other characteristics such as durability, safety and security."

And that

  • "Dependability is used as a collective term for the time-related quality characteristics of an item."

Seems that with broad definition dependability management is almost like an umbrella for all technical aspects of 'asset management'? 

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