Reliability Goals / Benchmarking

This article and the subsequent white paper link was written by Mike Keer and the Product Realization Group team.

New Product Introduction consists of people, processes and technology, which together provide a formal methodology for a product’s transition from engineering design to volume manufacturing.  A subset of the product lifecycle process, which covers the entire lifecycle of a product from concept to end of life, NPI’s primary focus is on a product’s beta, pilot, and general availability (GA) stages.

Here are seven best practices for deploying a strong NPI strategy:

  1. Use Concurrent Engineering
  2. Mitigate Risks
  3. Employ Design for Excellence (DFX)
  4. Leverage Rapid Prototyping and Accelerated Life Testing
  5. Adhere to Agency and Environmental Compliance Requirements
  6. Learn from Prototype and Pilot Builds
  7. Deploy Scalable Business Systems
To download the rest of this article, please go to: Seven Best Practices by the PRG – 2012 05 06.pdf

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Robust Design (RD) Methodology is discussed for hardware development. We will compare with reliability engineering (RE) tools and practices, and highlight differences and similarities. We will present proximity to ideal function for robust design and compare to physics of failure and other reliability modeling and prediction approaches. We will show measurement selection to strongly differentiates RD and reliability engineering methods. We will show how to get the most from each methodology and show pitfalls for each set of practices. This webinar will be a lead in to Lou’s symposium classes DOE and DFSS.


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"How Reliable Is Your Product: 50 Ways to Improve Product Reliability" just celebrated its 1 year anniversary of being published.

We are pleased to announce the Mandarin translation of the book.

You can view the 1st 3 Chapters at 50 Ways to Improve Reliability – in Mandarin, or 提高产品可靠性的50种方法. It will be available in ebook January, 2012.

One of our readers, John Hurtley from Tolomatic,  wrote the following:

We have been doing design reliability testing for sometime now. We’re using a software tool from ReliaSoft that works well in designing the test and analyzing the results. A major problem within our wall is selecting a reliability level to be achieved and the applied confidence bounds that should be used for our product / industry. Does anyone know of a resource that could help in providing a bench mark for reliability? Ideally a list of industries and the reliability levels typically applied. Or, a define method / tool that would assist us to determine our reliability requirements from within.

Mike Silverman’s response:

Reliability goal setting is not something you will find in any specific tool.  This is something your company must decide on based on many different factors.  There are three different ways you can develop a reliability goal: