In this issue: Issue 129, November 2011
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Hot Topics
Using Simulation to Determine the Required Spare Parts for Fielded Systems
A question that often arises when dealing with a fleet of fielded systems is how many spare parts will be required to support the operation of the fleet and achieve desired availability levels. This article provides an example of how BlockSim can be used to determine the appropriate number of spare parts in this situation.

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Reliability Basics
Using SimuMatic in RGA
Simulation is a very powerful tool that can assist with developing test plans or generating bootstrap confidence intervals. This article will describe the function of SimuMatic in RGA and provide an example of how SimuMatic can be used to determine the sample size that is needed to demonstrate a reliability goal at a specified confidence level.

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Tool Tips
  • Are there any basic tips for using the Function Wizard to build custom analyses and reports?
  • How can I apply a derating standard to one of my reliability prediction analyses in Lambda Predict?

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Hot News
* Congratulations to the 2011 ARS Excellent Presentation Award Winners! - Each year, engineers have the opportunity to present at one of the Applied Reliability Symposium (ARS) events held five times a year at locations around the world. One of the coveted goals for many presenters is achieving an ARS Excellent Presentation Award. The winners are selected based on votes cast by the attendees.

The winners for the 2011 ARS, India were:
  • Pradeep Bhattacharjee (Gold Award - Rs.12,000) from the Defence Research & Development Laboratories for his presentation, Structural Reliability Evaluation and Optimization of Aerospace Product.
  • David Delaux (Gold Award - Rs.12,000) from Valeo Powertrain Thermal System for his presentation, Reliability Validation of Engine Cooling Modules with Tailoring Tests.
  • Nitin G. Fukey (Bronze Award - Rs.6,000) from Bosch India Limited for his presentation, Accelerated Lifetime Test on Diesel Fuel Injection Pump.
The winners for the 2011 ARS, Asia Pacific were:
  • Lee Chai Ying (Gold Award - SGD 1,000) from Infineon Technologies (M) Sdn. Bhd. for her presentation, Reliability Prediction of Semiconductor by Analysis of Wire Pull and Ball Shear Test Data.
  • New Seow Yeng (Silver Award - SGD 750) from Avago Technologies for her presentation, Failure Rate Prediction Using Improved Black’s Model.
  • Amy Goh (Bronze Award - SGD 500) from Eastman Kodak Company for her presentation, Design for Reliability – Practical Examples of Board-Level Testing.
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* 2012 Seminar Calendar Updated - ReliaSoft's Worldwide Seminar Calendar is now online and available for review! Over 80 public seminars around the world have been scheduled for 2012. Explore our easy-to-use, web-based event list to quickly locate an event near you: Budgeting for next year just got easier.
* SMRP Conference 2011 - Thanks to all of you who visited our booth at the Society for Maintenance & Reliability Professionals (SMRP) 19th Annual Conference this year! It was refreshing to see so many engineers from the maintenance and reliability community seeking out information related to asset performance management supported by reliability engineering. The expressed desire to tackle such challenges was heard loud and clear. See you next year!
Upcoming Public Training Event Calendar
November 2011
November 14 - 18, 2011: MSMT Foundations in Melbourne, Australia
November 14 - 18, 2011: MSMT Foundations in Bordeaux, France
November 16 - 17, 2011: RS 475 FRACAS Principles and Applications in Tucson, Arizona
November 16 - 17, 2011: RS 490 Standards Based Reliability Prediction in Tucson, Arizona
November 28 - December 2, 2011: RS 540 Reliability and Maintainability Analysis for Repairable Systems in Chennai, India
December 2011
December 6 - 8, 2011: RS 511 Application of Reliability Growth Models in Developmental Testing and Fielded Systems in Tucson, Arizona
December 6 - 8, 2011: RS 521 Advanced Accelerated Life Testing Analysis in Tucson, Arizona
December 19 - 21, 2011: RS 401(C) and RS 402 Life Data Analysis (Condensed) and Intro to Accelerated Testing in Bangalore, India
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