How Reliable is Your Product?
Happy About, 2012
Traditionally, the way to test a product's reliability was to build it--and then try to break it. As systems and technologies improved, TAAF (Test, Analyze and Fix) methodologies were developed and adopted. In today's global economy, with its short, technologically-intense product life cycles, TAAF cannot suffice. Reliability can no longer be a step or a series of steps in product development; it is something that needs to be acknowledged up front and built into the product from its very conception. Reliability, in other words, must be 'designed in.'
Product developers now have many tools--software and hardware--at their disposal for building reliability in from the get go. From the organizational point of view, what better way to design in reliability than to make designers themselves responsible for the reliability of their designs? As "Mike Silverman" explains in "How Reliable is Your Product?," this is why the role of the reliability engineer is changing to one of mentor. Product developers are now responsible for going out and finding the best testing tools and then training the designers on their use, so that designers factor and build in reliability at every stage of product design.
Mike has focused on reliability throughout his 25-year career, and has observed the position of reliability in the organization evolve. In this book, he condenses his expertise and experience into a volume of immense practical worth to the engineering and engineering management communities including designers, manufacturing engineers and reliability/quality engineers.
Among other things, Mike discusses how reliability fits, or should fit, within the product design cycle. He provides a high-level overview of reliability techniques available to engineers today. He lucidly discusses the design of experiments and the role of failure management. With case studies and narratives from personal experience, Mike discusses optimal ways to utilize different reliability techniques. He highlights common errors of judgment, missteps and sub-optimal decisions that are often made within organizations on the path to total reliability.
With"How Reliable is Your Product?" "Mike Silverman" has delivered what few have done before--a comprehensive yet succinct overview of the field of reliability engineering and testing. Engineers and engineering managers will find much in this book of immediate, practical value.
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Software Reliability No This Isnt an Oxymoron
Write a Comprehensive Test Plan Dont Just Test to Specs
You Cant Start Testing Too Early
HALT Who Goes There?
Demonstrate Your Reliability
Accelerated Life Test ALT for Those LifeLimiting Failures
HALT versus ALTWhen to Use Each Technique
Goals Arent Just for Soccer and Hockey
Benchmark against Your Competition
A Gap Analysis Will Tell You Where to Focus Early
Metrics The Are We There Yet? Technique
Break the System Up into Blocks
Golden Nuggets Are the Golden Rule
You Need a Plan
The Precious Diamond of Product Development
It Is All a Balancing Act
New Technologies Bring New Risks
Think How Your Product Will Fail The FMEA Technique
FacilitationThe Key to a Productive Business Session
A Good Kind of FaultFTA
FMEA Should Be Used to Drive Testing
Reliability During Component Selection
PredictionsBetter Than a Crystal Ball
Thermal Analysis and Reliability the Hottest Couple in Town
If You Want Your Design to Rate Youd Better Derate
Why Do Products Fail?A Physics of Failure Approach
You Should Design Your Experiments WiselyThe Magic of DOE
Dont Tolerate Tolerance Issues
Preventing Failures before They Happen
What Happens When Your Product Reaches Its End of Life?
Think About Warranty Now
Infinite Possibilities with FEA
The Difference between Fixing Failures and Taking Failures to Root Cause
The Corrective Action System The Backbone of a Good RCA
Assess Your Vendors as You Assess Your Own Organization
Outsourcing versus InHouse Designing and Manufacturing
All Screens Werent Created EqualThe Importance of HASS
Manufacturing Metrics with ORT
OutofBox Auditing Can Catch the Easy Mistakes
Lessons Learned Sounds Like School Only Much Better
Lets Take a Look at Our Warranty Returns
Management Needs a Report
StatisticsMore Than a FourLetter Word
When Faced With Obsolete Parts Turn To EDA
Recap of Book
Software Reliability Growth
Summary of HALT Results at a HALT Lab
Glossary of Terms
About the Author
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