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Issue 40, June 2004

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Hot Topics

Restructured Reliability Education Offerings

For more than a decade, ReliaSoft has trained thousands of reliability professionals from thousands of companies worldwide in both the subject of reliability and the applicable reliability analysis software tools. Over the years, these training course offerings have been expanded to include more than 20 courses in different subjects and utilizing different tools. As the number of subjects, courses and tools grew, we realized that we needed to restructure these course offerings to make it easier for attendees to select a path of instruction that meets his/her particular needs. To that end, ReliaSoft's reliability training courses have been reorganized into four course collections, with the expanded Master the Subjects, Master the ToolsSM (MSMT) course collection as the focal point.

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Reliability Basics

Fielded Systems in Reliability Growth (Part I)

Analyzing data gathered from the field (i.e., fielded systems) returns some of the most important information since this information is collected from units that have been used by the customer. These systems can be categorized into two basic types: one-time (non-repairable) systems or reusable (repairable) systems. In the latter case, under continuous operation, the system is repaired but not replaced after each failure. For example, if the system is a vehicle and the water pump fails, then the water pump is replaced and the vehicle is repaired.

In Part I of this article, we will present repairable system data analysis in which the reliability of an individual system can be tracked and quantified based on data from multiple systems in the field. In next month's issue of Hotwire, Part II of this article will present fleet analysis in which data from multiple systems in the field can be collected and analyzed. In addition, reliability metrics for the fleet can be quantified and the effect of the reliability improvements can be investigated. When conducting fleet analysis, the results returned are for the entire fleet and not for an individual system.

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Tool Tips

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Latest Software Updates
A new service release is now available for BlockSim (SR 6.2.6). To determine the compile revision of the application on your computer, select About from the Help menu.


Application Date Created Version
BlockSim 5/18/04 6.2.6
BlockSim Update N/A SR 6.2.6
Hot News
* 2004 Applied Reliability Symposium Thank you for all of your great support and interest in our first annual International Applied Reliability Symposium. The number of registrants has already exceeded our expectations and we are excited to put this event, which will be held June 16 - 18 in San Diego, CA, into full motion. We are still accepting registrations and for those of you who decide to attend the Symposium at the last minute, we will be accepting walk-in registrations. For registration information, please visit:
* MSMT Training Seminar in the UK In an effort to meet the demand for more training in Europe, ReliaSoft Corporation is proud to announce a public Master the Subject, Master the Tools Foundations seminar in the United Kingdom September 27 October 1, hosted by Maintain-IT. This particular series provides basic courses for a solid foundation in the fundamental principles and theory of important reliability engineering topics. Attending this ReliaSoft training seminar will help you increase your capabilities and productivity while providing you with a fresh look at your career in reliability engineering. Please contact Maintain-IT for registration information:
* Reorganization was recently reorganized to better help you find the resources you need. This Web site provides a wealth of free information geared specifically to professionals in the field of reliability engineering, including free Web-based analysis tools, eTextbooks, free software and an active discussion forum.
* Introduction to Reliability in Malaysia & Thailand ReliaSoft will introduce the topic of reliability engineering on July 20 in Shah Alam, Malaysia and July 22 in Bangkok, Thailand. The one-day course explores and introduces reliability concepts, principles and their applications. Topics covered include life data analysis, accelerated life testing, system reliability, maintainability and availability, reliability growth, FMEAs and more. It is designed for engineers, managers and senior level staff. Registrations are now being accepted at ReliaSoft Asia:
* Calendar of Public Events:
June 2004 International Applied Reliability Symposium June 16 18, 2004 in San Diego, CA. Sharing applications, success stories and lessons learned in reliability and maintainability engineering. For more information, see
  August San Diego, CA - Master the Subject, Master the Tools Foundations Training Seminar (MSMT) - Life data analysis, accelerated life data analysis and system analysis: August 9 - 13, 2004 in San Diego, CA. For more information, see
  September Malaysia - Master the Subject, Master the Tools Foundations Training Seminar (MSMT) - Life data analysis, accelerated life data analysis and system analysis: September 6 - 10, 2004 in Malaysia. Registrations are now being accepted at ReliaSoft Asia:
    Thailand - Master the Subject, Master the Tools Foundations Training Seminar (MSMT) - Life data analysis, accelerated life data analysis and system analysis: September 13 - 17, 2004 in Bangkok. Registrations are now being accepted at ReliaSoft Asia:
    Advanced System Analysis and BlockSim Training Seminar - September 13 - 15, 2004 in Tucson, AZ. An intensive theoretical and hands-on course utilizing BlockSim, which exposes the attendee to the advanced concepts, principles and requirements for performing advanced system reliability, maintainability, availability and related analyses. For detailed information, see
    FMEA/FMECA Analysis and Xfmea Training Seminar - September 16 - 17, 2004 in Tucson, AZ. This course offers an overview of FMEA/FMECA analysis procedures with emphasis on the use of the Xfmea software. For detailed information, see
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