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Topic: Reliability & Maintainability Questions and Answers

Topic Posted by: Reliability & Maintainability Forum ( )
Organization: System Reliability Center
Date Posted: Mon Aug 31 12:47:36 US/Eastern 1998

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Posted by: Ela
Date posted: Sat Jun 28 9:17:29 US/Eastern 2003
Subject: Reliability Evaluation
We are searching for a new methods of reliability evaluation based on field data instead of regular MTBF calculation.We found that this attitute is simple but not compatible with reality evidences.May be something like first/next failire or weakest link? Do you have any expearence in this field? Thank you,


Subject: Reliability Evaluation
Reply Posted by: bwd ( )
Organization: RAC
Date Posted: Wed Jul 9 14:20:35 US/Eastern 2003
The use of actual operating data is always the best way to determine the reliability of the product. Predictions are just predictions. Prediction accuracy depends on the parts selected, the application designed and environment operated. Trend analysis can be performed with actual data and weak links or failure prone items can be identified for possible correction. Prediction data is limited in performing trend analysis to worst case stress, failure mode and comparison of competing design approaches.

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