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Hot Topics
Asset Performance Management Using Orion eAPI

Asset performance management provides the means to effectively manage costs and maximize availability and throughput, thereby allowing an organization to reach its business objectives. For asset performance management to be effective, companies need to apply a system that will assist in the appropriate analysis and interpretation of available data, and generate an incisive set of key performance indicators (KPIs) in order to support strategic decisions.

This article will provide an overview of how Orion eAPI can be used for effective asset performance management and focus on the analysis modules that are available within the system.

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Reliability Basics
Accelerated Test Planning in ALTA

In today’s highly competitive environment, companies are pressured to shorten their development cycles, reduce development costs and produce highly reliable products. Accelerated tests are a very powerful tool in achieving these goals, providing the means to observe failures more rapidly under higher-stress operating conditions while accurately predicting reliability under normal operating conditions. However, when performing an accelerated test, it is critical to do enough preparation and planning up front, as poorly planned accelerated tests can result in wasted time, effort and money — and may not even yield the desired information.

In this article, we will present the accelerated test plan methods that are available in ALTA 7 and illustrate the process of generating a test plan through an example.

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Tool Tips
  • In Weibull++, why doesn't the calculated maximum likelihood estimator (MLE) line track the data points on my probability plot? 
  • How can I manage the records in the Xfmea 5/RCM++ 5 System Hierarchy and FMEA Hierarchy?

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Hot News
* Reliability Edge Newsletter - Volume 11, Issue 1 of ReliaSoft's printed newsletter shipped out to the USA last month. However, we know that many of our Reliability HotWire readers are not aware of this publication, either because they are from another country or because we do not have their mailing address. Not to worry! We have posted an electronic version of the newsletter online. The current issue includes three articles that discuss asset performance management, avoiding common mistakes in DFR and performing accelerated test data analysis without a known failure model. We have posted both an HTML version and a PDF version here:
* New Presentations Posted! - ReliaSoft was invited to present at the Photovoltaic (PV) Module Reliability Workshop hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy earlier this year. It has been brought to our attention that presentation slides from this event have now been made available on their website. The topic covered by ReliaSoft's Dr. Harry Guo (co-authored by Ryan Gaston of Dow Chemical and Athanasios Gerokostopoulos of ReliaSoft) was How to Set Up a Reliability Program for Photovoltaic Modules. This presentation, along with many others related to reliability engineering and the PV industry, can be found here:
* ASQ Webinar - If you are a Chinese speaker within the world of reliability engineering, you will find this next bit of news potentially useful. ASQ recently posted a streaming webinar, in Chinese, on the subject of "Reliability DOE: The Proper Analysis Approach for Life Data." Once again, Dr. Harry Guo is sharing practical knowledge to help promote appropriate reliability engineering practices. This webinar is available at There is also discussion of distributing an English version later in the year. We will keep you posted!
Upcoming Public Training Event Calendar
June 2011
June 13 - 14, 2011: RS 401(C) Reliability and Life Data Analysis (Condensed) in Rayong, Thailand
June 13 - 17, 2011: MSMT Foundations in Rome, Italy
June 22 - 24, 2011: RS 521 Advanced Accelerated Life Testing Analysis in Bangalore, India
July 2011
July 4 - 8, 2011: RS 540 Reliability and Maintainability Analysis for Repairable Systems in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
July 13 - 15, 2011: RS 480 RCM Principles and Applications in Chennai, India
July 18 - 22, 2011: RS 540 Reliability and Maintainability Analysis for Repairable Systems in Melbourne, Australia
August 2011
August 10 - 12, 2011: RS 511 Application of Reliability Growth Models in Developmental Testing and Fielded Systems in Hyderabad, India
August 16 - 18, 2011: RS 560 Fundamentals of Design for Reliability in San Diego, California
August 22 - 26, 2011: RS 540 Reliability and Maintainability Analysis for Repairable Systems in Singapore
August 22 - 26, 2011: MSMT Foundations in San Diego, California
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