Today's marketplace demands product reliability. At the same time, it places ever-increasing demands on products that push the limits of their performance and their functional life, and it does so with the expectation of lower per-unit product costs. To meet these demands, product design now requires a focused, streamlined, concurrent engineering process that will produce a product at the lowest possible cost in the least amount of time.
Design for Reliability provides a systematic approach to the design process that is sharply focused on reliability and firmly based on the physics of failure. It imparts an understanding of how, why, and when to use the wide variety of reliability engineering tools available and offers fundamental insight into the total design cycle. Applicable from the idea phase of the product development cycle through product obsolescence, Design for Reliability (DfR) concepts integrated with reliability verification and analytical physics form a coherent stage gate/phase design process that helps ensure that a product will meet customers' reliability objectives.
Whether you are a high-volume manufacturer of consumer items or a low volume producer of military commodities, your goal is the same: to bring a product to market using a process focused on designing out or mitigating potential failure modes prior to production release. Readers of Design for Reliability will learn to meet that goal and move beyond solidifying a basic offering to the marketplace to creating a true competitive advantage.
Table of Contents
THE STAGE GATE PROCESS
Understanding Customer Requirements
Design Assessment Reliability Testing
Design Maturity Testing (DMT)
Screening and Monitoring
SUPPORTING STAGE GATE
Semiconductor Process Reliability
TOPICS IN RELIABILITY
Reliability Statistics Simplified
Concepts in Accelerated Testing
Accelerated Reliability Growth
Reliability Predictive Modeling
Failure Modes and Effects Analysis
Evaluating Product Risk
Thermodynamic Reliability Engineering
"This book is definitely a strong addition to the body of knowledge for Reliability professionals and for any company that wants to improve the business competitiveness by improving product reliability…I have been fortunate to know [the DfR activity at M/A-COM/Tyco] and I also know how impressed other organizations are when they get to see it. This is an outstanding industry leader that has documented the implemented practice in this book."
--James E. "Gene" Bridgers, RESULTS MA
"…a practical and useful book…description of the 'stage gate approach'…emphasis on accelerated test methods…description of physics of failure and failure investigation techniques…"
Patrick O'Connor, author of Practical Reliability Engineering in Quality & Reliability Engineering, 2001