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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: Bhanuprakash ( )
Date posted: Sat Aug 23 7:49:54 US/Eastern 2003
Subject: Distributions
I am working for a tractor industry. I would like to know as to what type of distribution field failure data of mechanical components follows. Is it correct to assume exponential distribution for mechanical failure components. Bhanuprakash

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Subject: Tractor reliability
Reply Posted by: Larry George ( )
Organization: Problem Solving Tools
Date Posted: Tue Sep 2 12:52:09 US/Eastern 2003
Sorry. Field reliability doesn't fit mathematically convenient distributions. Use nonparametric statistics to preserve the information in your data and avoid unwarranted assumptions. Then you'll be able to see problems you might not have noticed, evaluate whether to do anything about them, and provide just cause for doing something, if appropriate. See for one example. Send your field data, and I will send back nonparametric estimates of field reliability and failure rate functions with diagnostics, free of charge.

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