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Using Markov Diagrams in BlockSim for Availability Analysis

In the November 2015 issue of Reliability HotWire, the Hot Topics article included a discussion on Markov chains and went through the methodology of how to use a discrete Markov chain in BlockSim in order to analyze a system that can be in several different states of usage or decay. In this issue, we will describe continuous Markov chains and present a methodology to use them for availability estimations for a system (if this feature is supported by your BlockSim license).


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New US Training Locations for ReliaSoft

ReliaSoft training courses may be coming to a city near you this summer and fall if you are near San Diego, Houston or Detroit. Upcoming courses with new locations include D470—Effective FMEA Seminar Series, G400—Foundations of Reliability Engineering Data Analysis and Modeling, D560—Design for Reliability (DFR) Program Planning and Implementation and M480—Effective RCM Seminar Series. For more details, see


Connect with ReliaSoft at Automotive Testing Expo Europe

ReliaSoft will be exhibiting at the Automotive Testing Expo in Stuttgart on May 31 - June 2. Visit us at booth 1300 to talk with our experts and to learn more about reliability and maintenance engineering solutions for the automotive industry. If you're not able to attend the expo, you can learn more about ReliaSoft's automotive solutions at


ReliaSoft Paper Presented at the Global Automotive Conference

Sharon Honecker, ReliaSoft's Director of Theoretical Development, presented the "Practical Methods for Analyzing Reliability Test Data in the Presence of an Unexpected Failure Mode" paper at the SAE 2016 World Congress and Exhibition in Detroit in April. For more papers published by the ReliaSoft R&D team, visit

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