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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:Andy Holton ( )
Organization:LITEF GmbH
Date posted: Tue Jul 27 7:42:37 US/Eastern 1999
Subject: Connector Reliability
We are using high-quality connectors (e.g. Cannon, AMP) in a military application. All connectors are PCB mounted. Using MIL-HDBK-217F we predict relatively high failure rates, in fact over 50% ofa module's failure rate.
My questions: Does anybody have any information regarding the applicability of the MIL-HDBK predicted rates for PCB connectors? Does anybody have other sources of PCB-connector reliability? Does anybody have a justifiable scaling factor for the MIL-HDBK rates? Or, are the MIL-HDBK rates realistic for these connectors?
We need a quantitative rate for the connectors for use in the FMECA.
Thanks, Andy Holton


Subject: Connector Reliability
Reply Posted by: Seymour Morris ( )
Organization: Reliability Analysis Center
Date Posted: Wed Jul 28 12:12:30 US/Eastern 1999
Andy, The MIL-HDBK-217 connector model was updated in 1992 and reflects the latest data up to that point. Our experience is that connectors in general are a substantial source of field problems, especially intermittent failures. A search of RAC data turned up a summarized PC commercial connector failure rate of 9.6 FITS in a ground benign environment. Thus, this is about 25% of the 40 FIT base failure rate shown for PCB connectors in MIL-HDBK-217F, Notice 2 Seymour Morris

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