In this issue: Issue 121, March 2011
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Hot Topics
ReliaSoft’s Technical Support Services
Unlike many companies that have opted to limit, eliminate and/or charge extra for basic customer services during the recent recession, ReliaSoft has not only maintained all of our core customer services; we have expanded them. In this article, we will highlight one of these services: technical support.

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Reliability Basics
Degradation Model Analysis in ALTA
Given the fact that products today are often designed with high reliability, even accelerated life testing may not yield enough failures to estimate product reliability in a short period of time. Degradation analysis is an effective reliability analysis tool for products that are associated with a measurable performance characteristic, such as the wear of brake pads, increase in vibration or the propagation of crack size. In this article, we will show an example of degradation model analysis using ALTA.

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Tool Tips
  • When working with Bellcore/Telcordia predictions in Lambda Predict, when should I use Method I, Method II or Method III?
  • How can I create a plot that displays the results from more than one data sheet?

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Latest Software Updates
New service releases are now available for the products listed below. To determine the compile revision of the application on your computer, select About from the Help menu. More Software Downloads...
Application Date Created Version
Weibull++
Weibull++ 7 2/8/11 7.5.10
ALTA
ALTA 7 2/8/11 7.5.10
DOE++
DOE++ 2/8/11 1.0.7
RGA
RGA 2/24/11 7.6.1
Lambda Predict
Lambda Predict 3 2/28/11 3.1.1
Hot News
* Advanced Registration Discount for ARS North America Ends in April! - Act now to take advantage of the $200 discount for this year's International Applied Reliability Symposium, North America. The symposium will be held June 7 - 9, 2011 at the San Diego Marriott Mission Valley Hotel in San Diego, California. Simply visit http://www.ARSymposium.org/register.htm and register by April 15, 2011 to receive this special rate. Should you wish to spend some extra time in San Diego, our event room rate at the Hilton will be available to symposium attendees for three days before and three days after the event (subject to hotel room availability). So reserve early!
* RAMS 2011 Papers Have Been Posted - ReliaSoft has recently posted all the papers presented by ReliaSoft personnel and affiliates at RAMS this year in Florida. If you missed the event, now is your chance to see the actual papers and tutorials delivered by our team. These include:
  • "Design of Experiments and Data Analysis" by Huairui Guo and Adamantios Mettas (ReliaSoft)
  • "Special Topics for Consideration in a Design for Reliability Process" by Georgios Sarakakis, Athanasios Gerokostopoulos and Adamantios Mettas (ReliaSoft)
  • "Planning a Reliability Growth Program Utilizing Historical Data" by Larry H. Crow (Instructor and Consultant for ReliaSoft)
  • "Reliability Growth Planning, Analysis and Management" by Larry H. Crow (Instructor and Consultant for ReliaSoft)
  • "Lessons Learned for Effective FMEAs" by Carl Carlson (ReliaSoft)
  • "Introduction to R & M Management" by Duane Dietrich (ReliaSoft) and Fred Schenkelberg (Ops A La Carte, LLC)
  • "Design of Reliability Demonstration Testing for Repairable Systems" by Huairui Guo (ReliaSoft), Haitao Liao (University of Tennessee), Athanasios Gerokostopoulos (ReliaSoft) and Adamantios Mettas (ReliaSoft)

These papers are now available for download from http://www.weibull.com/knowledge/papers.htm.

   
Upcoming Public Training Event Calendar
March 2011
March 14 - 18, 2011: Effective FMEA Series (RS 470 & RS 471) in Tucson, Arizona
March 15 - 17, 2011: RS 522 Advanced System Reliability / Maintainability Analysis in Tucson, Arizona
March 23 - 25, 2011: International Applied Reliability Symposium in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
March 28 - 30, 2011: RS 522 Advanced System Reliability / Maintainability Analysis in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
April 2011
April 5 - 7, 2011: RS 511 Application of Reliability Growth Models in Developmental Testing and Fielded Systems in Bordeaux, France
April 5 - 7, 2011: RS 480 RCM Principles and Applications in Jacksonville, Florida
April 11 - 15, 2011: MSMT Foundations in Tucson, Arizona
April 25 - 27, 2011: RS 401(C) and RS 402 Life Data Analysis (Condensed) and Intro to Accelerated Testing in Penang, Malaysia
May 2011
May 4 - 6, 2011: RS 401(C) and RS 402 Life Data Analysis (Condensed) and Intro to Accelerated Testing in Pune, India
May 9 - 13, 2011: MSMT Foundations in Stockport, United Kingdom
May 9 - 13, 2011: MSMT Foundations in Singapore
May 10 - 12, 2011: RS 521 Advanced Accelerated Life Testing Analysis in Tucson, Arizona
May 10 - 12, 2011: RS 511 Application of Reliability Growth Models in Developmental Testing and Fielded Systems in Tucson, Arizona
May 17 - 19, 2011: RS 588 DOE: Experiment Design and Analysis in Tucson, Arizona
May 23 - 27, 2011: RS 540 Reliability and Maintainability Analysis for Repairable Systems in Jakarta, Indonesia
May 24 - 26, 2011: RS 480 RCM Principles and Applications in Zurich, Switzerland
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