Reliability Program Definition

An effective Reliability Program defines an optimum set of activities that will meet customer reliability needs and company objectives cost effectively. It includes realistic reliability requirements/goals, organizational responsibilities, holistic Design for Reliability (DFR) principles, and suitably tailored analysis, test and customer-support approaches.

Design for Reliability (DFR)

October 30th, 2014

Course Description
Designing reliability into a system early in its life-cycle is the most effective means to ensure reliable performance and mission success. It is a well-known metric that the costs to fix a reliability issue for a fielded system is at least ten times more than it is to design the reliability in up-front. This…  Read More

Reliability Self-Assessment Tool (RASTER)

September 16th, 2014

Reliability is a discriminating characteristic of products in today’s marketplace, yet many companies are unsure about what is important in designing and manufacturing reliability. They sometimes lack the specialized expertise and/or experience to use their resources wisely in “making reliability happen.”

Over the years, RMQSI’s engineers have often been tasked to perform independent reviews (or audits) on…  Read More

Lunchtime Learning Series

September 16th, 2014
The “Lunchtime Learning” series is a group of short course tutorials are aimed at providing a basic introduction to a variety of topics in which our community members have expressed an interest.   Read More

How Good Is Your Reliability Approach?

June 26th, 2009

Product reliability is an important discriminator in today’s global marketplace but does your organization know how it’s doing compared to competitors in terms of designing and building reliability into its products? Could/should you be doing more “upfront” reliability activities to improve customer satisfaction, to reduce warranty costs, and to reduce in-plant rework costs? Do you…  Read More

Reliability: Costly, or Cost Effective?

October 26th, 2004

There are those who would argue that the costs of reliability activities associated with developing new products have little payoff. Whether we’re talking about commercial products or military systems, we don’t agree. Concepts like Life Cycle Costs, Total Ownership Costs, Reliability-based Maintenance, Performance-Based Logistics, and others clearly recognize the contribution of reliability activities in reducing…  Read More

How Much Reliability is Enough?

February 26th, 2004

Reliability is defined as performance of a function over time, whether it applies to a commercial product or a military system. Commercial product reliability is usually driven by such factors as warranty cost goals, competitive marketing strategies, and liability concerns while the military wants to meet the operational needs of users while also meeting support…  Read More

System Spares – What’s the “Right” Answer?

December 26th, 2002
Manufacturers are often faced with questions such as: How often will my system fail? How many spare parts should I stock? How confident am I that I will have enough spare parts?   Read More

Which Variables Are Critical to Field Reliability? Design of Experiments (DOE) Can Help Optimize Your Design

August 26th, 2002
Engineers are often faced with the problem of optimizing a process that includes a number of input variables. It could be an analysis of a manufacturing process, or even an analysis of a business process. They’re often challenged to find ways to reduce   Read More