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Issue 98, April 2009

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Hot Topics

Demonstration Test Design Using the DRT Tool in Weibull++
Demonstration test design is typically used to show that a certain product has met or exceeded a given reliability at a given confidence level. While it is desirable to be able to test a large number of units in order to obtain the reliability information for a product or design, time and resource constraints sometimes make this impossible. In such cases, it is necessary to design a test that will demonstrate the requirement while meeting the constraints on the number of units available for use and/or the length of time available for testing. Quite often, it will be desirable to demonstrate that the goal has been met with a zero-failure test and, at the same time, to keep the testing cost as low as possible. [1] In this article, we show how to use the Design of Reliability Tests (DRT) tool in Weibull++ 7 to design such a demonstration test. 

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Reliability Basics
Reliability Allocation Using Lambda Predict
When developing a new product or improving an existing one, engineers are often faced with the task of designing a system that must meet a certain set of reliability specifications. This involves a balancing act in order to determine how to allocate reliability among the subsystems/components in the system. In this article we will introduce several different reliability allocation methods, which are included in ReliaSoft's Lambda Predict software.

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Tool Tips
  • BlockSim and RENO appear to have overlapping capabilities. What are the core differences between them?
  • Does DOE++ offer variability analysis?

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Hot News
* 2009 ARS North America - By popular demand, the symposium will be held in balmy San Diego, California at the Catamaran Resort on Mission Bay from June 9-12, 2009. As the old saying goes, the early bird gets the worm: Register by May 1, 2009 in order to qualify for the $200 early registration discount (http://www.ARSymposium.org/register.htm). We also recommend making your hotel reservations by May 8, 2009 in order to qualify for the negotiated symposium rate. For more information, please visit http://www.ARSymposium.org/northamerica/, or contact ReliaSoft. We look forward to seeing you there!
* 2009 ARS India - Join us April 15 - 17, 2009 at the Le Meridien Pune hotel in Pune, India for our annual reliability symposium in India. This year, there are 18 results-oriented presentations and 3 in-depth tutorials to choose from. We recommend registering soon to secure your seats. For more information about ARS India, please visit http://www.ARSymposium.org/india.
* ReliaSoft Unveils New Web Site - Have you visited www.ReliaSoft.com lately? We have completely redesigned the look and feel of our site in order to improve your experience. Now it's easier than ever to locate the information you need, whether it's related to our reliability software, ordering, support, training seminars, consulting services or free online resources. Be sure to check it out!
* CRE Exam Prior to ARS - We are pleased to announce that the American Society for Quality (ASQ) will administer the Certified Reliability Engineer (CRE) Exam on Monday, June 8, 2009 from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Catamaran Resort on Mission Bay in San Diego, California. The application form is available from the ASQ Web site at https://secure.asq.org/certification/2009-cre-application-ars.html. Hurry! The application deadline is May 1st!
   
Upcoming Public Training Event Calendar
April 2009
April 15 - 17, 2009: International Applied Reliability Symposium in Pune, India
April 20 - 22, 2009: RS 560 Fundamentals of Design for Reliability in Singapore
April 20 - 24, 2009: MSMT Foundations in Tucson, Arizona
April 20 - 24, 2009: MSMT Foundations in United Kingdom
April 28 - 29, 2009: RS 480 RCM Principles and Applications in Singapore
May 2009
May 11 - 15, 2009: RS 540 Reliability and Maintainability Analysis for Repairable Systems in Miri, Sarawak, Malaysia
May 13 - 15, 2009: RS 521 Advanced Accelerated Life Testing Analysis in Tucson, Arizona
May 13 - 15, 2009: International Applied Reliability Symposium in Curitiba, Brazil
May 13 - 15, 2009: RS 511 Application of Reliability Growth Models in Developmental Testing and Fielded Systems in Tucson, Arizona
May 14 - 15, 2009: RS 480 RCM Principles and Applications in Larnaca, Cyprus
May 18 - 20, 2009: RS 588 DOE: Experiment Design and Analysis in Bangalore, India
May 25 - 29, 2009: MSMT Foundations in Singapore
May 25 - 26, 2009: RS 470 Failure Modes, Effects and Criticality Analysis in Berlin, Germany
May 27 - 29, 2009: RS 588 DOE: Experiment Design and Analysis in Berlin, Germany
June 2009
June 1 - 3, 2009: RS 588 DOE: Experiment Design and Analysis in Tucson, Arizona
June 4 - 5, 2009: RS 480 RCM Principles and Applications in Tucson, Arizona
June 9 - 12, 2009: International Applied Reliability Symposium in San Diego, California
June 15 - 17, 2009: RS 560 Fundamentals of Design for Reliability in Chennai, India
June 15 - 19, 2009: MSMT Foundations in Bologna, Italy
June 22 - 24, 2009: RS 521 Advanced Accelerated Life Testing Analysis in Warsaw, Poland
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