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Topic: PRISM Questions and Answers
Topic Posted by: SRC ( )
Organization: SRC
Date Posted: Wed Jan 12 8:33:33 US/Eastern 2000
Topic Description: Welcome to the PRISM forum! Please feel free to post your questions and comments about the PRISM assessment software here.

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Posted by: Jim Weber
Date posted: Wed Apr 27 11:57:30 US/Eastern 2005
Subject: Question about Instantaneous Failure Time
Could you please explain the meaning of the "Instantaneous Failure Time" factor which can be changed for the Infant Mortality Process Grade? The manual says: "the time when all infant mortality failures have been removed from the system". I understand it that way, that the shorter the "Instantaneous Failure Time" the better the Infant Mortality Process Grade is supposed to be, as (corresponding to the manual) it takes less time to remove infant mortality failures from the system. But in fact the opposite seems to apply. Best Regards, J.W.

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Subject: Infant Mortality and Instantaneous Failure Time
Reply Posted by: David Dylis ( )
Date Posted: Mon May 9 10:48:43 US/Eastern 2005
The degree of impact of infant mortality failure rates on the assembly and system predicted reliability are a function of the temperature screening and vibration screening that are performed prior to the delivery of the product to the customer. PRISM contains areas that address (1) the type of temperature and vibration screening test, (2) the specific conditions (stresses) of the test, (3) the detection efficiency associated with the test, (4) the estimated percent of potential infant mortality failures resulting from temperature cycling and vibration for each screening test type option, and (5) the instantaneous failure time (the time when all infant mortality failures have been removed from the system) baseline (in months).

When the default option is accepted (no temperature or vibration screening), the only fields accessible to the user are "Percent Failures from Temperature Cycling" (defaulted to 80%), "Percent Failures from Vibration" (defaulted to 20%), and the instantaneous failure time (defaulted to 5 months). The user can change these defaults by incrementing the value using the up/down counter next to the field (where applicable), or by directly typing in the desired value in the field. Note the sum of percentages must be 100%. Therefore, changing the value of one field will automatically adjust the value of the other. For example, if the user changes the value of the "Percent Failures from Temperature Cycling" field to 67%, the value of the "Percent Failures from Vibration" will automatically change to 33%, and vice versa. When these values change, the pi-factor value is automatically re-calculated.

The infant mortality failure rate is a decreasing function over time. When a user only modifies the “instantaneous failure rate” value in PRISM without modifying other default parameter values used in the infant mortality Pi factor calculation he is only moving the instantaneous failure rate point on the infant mortality failure rate curve. Therefore, if the user chooses a smaller instantaneous failure rate and keeps all other PRISM infant mortality default parameter values constant, more infant mortality failures are injected into the field increasing the predicted failure rate.

Based on the PRISM defaults, our data has shown that the instantaneous failure rate time is 5 months for a typical system, however, we allow the user to change all default values if he has data to substantiate a different figure.

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