North America

2015 ARS North America

Program of Presentations and Tutorials

This matrix presents the program of the presentations, tutorials and other events planned for the 2015 ARS North America. A print-ready brochure (*.pdf, ~10MB) is also available.


ASQ Events - We had also partnered with the American Society for Quality - Reliability Division to offer additional opportunities both before and after the Symposium (separate registration required). You could have taken the CRE exam on Monday June 1st, and/or registered for an additional training seminar on Friday, June 5th (Course 1 or Course 2). 


  Tuesday - June 2nd Wednesday - June 3rd Thursday - June 4th
2015 Blue Room Red Room Blue Room Red Room Blue Room Red Room
7:00-8:00 Check-in and Registration
(Check-in also offered on Monday from 4 - 7 p.m.)
8:00-8:30 Blue-S5
Increase Your Technical Availability

Remco Jonker
New Analysis Techniques for Repetitive Shock Vibration

Neill Doertenbach
Qualmark Corporation
A Novel Three-State Model of Markov Analysis to Reliability Prediction for Public Transit Train Systems

James Zhenglong Li
Bombardier Transportation
Use of FMEA Techniques to Evaluate the Impact of Operator Error on Plant Production Availability

Mario Robles
Centrus Energy Corporation
8:30-9:00 Welcome
9:00-9:10 10 Minute Break
9:10-10:10 Blue-S1
Practical Considerations: Maximum Impact Requirements and FMEAs Using Checklists

Merrill Jackson
Ventana Medical Systems Inc.
Cultural Catalysts of Quality, Reliability and Robustness

John Martz
Applying Weibull Principles to Reduce System Test Duration Through Component Verification

Jeff Ruschke
Want Traction? Try Placing the FMEA Cart Before Its Horse

Daniel Lee
Ops A La Carte
Lean (and Friendly...) FMEA

Amnon Ganot
Gertron Ltd.
Complexity in Survival Models: A Comparison of Adding X’s to Survival Models and Does the Added Complexity Pay Off

Bradford Foulkes
General Electric Co.
10:10-10:30 20 Minute Break
10:30-11:30 Blue-S2
Breaking Bad Weibulls

Melanie Zoe Cox
GE Aviation
Building Reliability Culture with Structured Process, Effective Tools, and Energizing Team

Joey Jiang
Incorporating the Distributional Nature of Usage and Stress into Accelerated Life Testing Design

Jiliang Zhang
Tesla Motors
Impacting the Business by Expanding Reliability’s Scope in GE Power Generation Gas Turbines

Chaz Misiewicz
General Electric Company
Standards and Tools for Software Reliability Engineering

Lance Fiondella
University of Massachusetts
Flap Position Transmitters

James Donahue
Delta Air Lines
11:30-1:00 1 Hour 30 Minute Lunch Break
1:00-2:00 Blue-S3
Building a Data Driven Product Specification

Harland MacKenzie
Dana Power Technologies
Reliability Improvement Plan (RIP) Development – Strategic Planning Guidance

David Auda
Volvo/Mack Truck
Reliability Centered Maintenance: The Swiss Army Knife of Maintenance

Stan Stephenson
Successfully Integrating a "Defect Tracking" Process Into Your Reliability Program Plan

Matthew Griebel
Ventana Medical Systems
Application of Weibull Analysis to Analyze Integrity Vulnerabilities in Furnace Tubes

Kaizad P. Sunavala
Chevron - Global Manufacturing
Accelerated Testing: Comparing Multiple Models for Projecting Life

Mitch Szymanski
Waters Corp.  
2:00-2:20 20 Minute Break
2:20-3:20 Blue-S4
Reliability Application for Talent Retention

Jorge González Gutiérrez
Continental Guadalajara Services México
The Impact of Reliability Block Diagrams and Support System Design on the Mission Success Rate

Tomas Eriksson
Systecon AB
Process FMEAs – Perform Them or Suffer the Consequences – Failure to Achieve Design Reliability

Aron Brall
MAB Consultants
Improving Your Operations Through Pervasive Sensing

HP Slater
Swimming Upstream: The Road to Designing-in Reliability

Georgios Sarakakis
Tesla Motors
A Medical Instrument Case Study: Staining Instrument Reliability Design, Growth, and Demonstration

Bob Valerius
Ventana Medical Systems
3:20-3:30 10 Minute Break
3:30-5:00 Tutorial 1
FMEA Success Factors

Carl Carlson
ReliaSoft Consultant
Tutorial 2
How to Design an Accelerated Life Test (ALT) in a Lean and Knowledge-Based Organization 

Julio Pulido
ReliaSoft Corporation
 The Future of Reliability Engineering

Andrew Foote
Alion Science and Technology Corporation
2 Parameter vs. 3 Parameter Weibull with a Cable Flex Test

Rob Schubert
Shure Inc.
5:00-6:00 Welcome Reception
(for attendee and a guest)


Hosted Awards Dinner
(for attendee and a guest)

Keynote Address
Design for Reliability: Relevance for the Future
Martha M. Gardner - GE Global Research

Continuing Education Credit: 1.8 CEUs and 1 CRP Credit

Standby Presentation

In addition, the following presentation material will be distributed with the Symposium proceedings, and the author will be available to present if there is a cancellation:

Meeting "Statistically Justifiable Sample Size" via Weibull Analysis
Abid Din