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RELIABILITY AND MAINTAINABILITY GUIDELINE NOW COMPLETE

 ANN ARBOR, Mich., March 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences announces the completion of its project to create a Reliability and Maintainability (R&M) Guideline for users and suppliers of manufacturing machinery and equipment. The final document on the project will be published this month by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE).
 The guideline provides a framework for U.S. manufacturers and suppliers to use for the implementation of Reliability and Maintainability methodologies on a common basis. The eight-month project began as a task by the "Big 3" automakers to collaborate on work that they had been doing independently. The goal was to reduce the complexity and cost of achieving higher reliability in the production equipment they were purchasing. Ford, GM, and Chrysler began the effort with the Industrial Technology Institute (ITI) as facilitator. However, the participants realized early on that the builders should be part of the process to take advantage of the R&M work already done independently by them, and to ensure broad acceptance of the resulting guideline.
 NCMS was approached and the project grew to include the largest U.S. builders of machinery, as well as several smaller builders, along with The Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) and SAE, who represent most of the remaining suppliers. Other major users joined, until a total of 30 corporations and organizations were participants in the project. In addition to those mentioned, the companies represented in the working groups include Boeing, UTC/Pratt & Whitney, PICO, Ingersoll-Rand, Litton Industries, AT&T, DEC, TI, Caterpillar, Deere and Co., Midwest Brake Bond CO., Kingsbury, Cargill Detroit, Saginaw Machine Systems, Eastman Kodak, Ingersoll Milling Machine Co., Cincinnati Milacron, and Giddings and Lewis. Staff from the engineering department of Western Michigan University provided consulting services to the working group and the task was coordinated by ITI, which produced the camera-ready document.
 The document describes the R&M process and provides the framework in which a supplier and user can cooperate to ensure improved reliability and maintainability of manufacturing equipment. The language and terminology of the process is defined to enhance communication. Flexibility is provided to allow the user and supplier to adapt the process to suit both the project and the equipment to be purchased. The document is a guideline, not a specification or standard. It will be monitored during its implementation and use, and modified as the need occurs.
 The final document titled "Reliability and Maintainability Guideline for Manufacturing Machinery and Equipment" will be published and distributed by SAE. A follow-on effort to review results and update the process and document will be conducted. Implementation issues are currently being reviewed to identify specific areas where additional work might need to be done.
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