North America

Blue Room - Session 13

1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Thursday, June 5, 2014

A Review of Reliability Tools and Paradigms for Effectiveness and Best Practices

The Quality profession is noted for continuously developing, updating and implementing methods and tools that have produced a dynamic, diverse and intermixable palette of quality tools that vary from Statistical Process Control (SPC) to Lean Six Sigma. This allows organizations to mix and match techniques in order to adapt them to their products, processes and services. By contrast, some segments of the Reliability profession seem to be frozen in time, using reliability standards and specification templates that have not been updated in decades. The aerospace and defense industries seem to be especially rooted to using traditional reliability methods. However other industries, such as automotive and electronics, are driven by relentless competitive pressure from global low-cost manufacturers (who also excel in product Quality, Reliability and Durability (QRD)), to be innovative and develop enhanced and new reliability methods in order to survive in their markets. This presentation will review traditional reliability methods and paradigms, and compare them to modern methods in order to communicate and promote cross-industry pollination of best practices.

Key Words: QRD Best Practices, Physics of Failure, Design for Reliability

James McLeish

DfR Solutions

Beltsville, Maryland