Considering Interfaces in Reliability Work
Join Carl and Fred as they discuss the importance of interfaces in analyzing and achieving reliability objectives.
- What are interfaces?
- What are the different types of interfaces? (Reference Show Notes)
- 50% or more of total reliability problems occur at interfaces
- Strategies to address interface problems
- How FMEAs can model and address interface problems
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An interface is the point or surface where two parts or subsystems meet, and it can take various forms. There are four primary types of interfaces:
- Physical connection (e.g., brackets, bolts, clamps and various types of connectors).
- Material exchange (e.g., pneumatic fluids, hydraulic fluids or any other fluid or material exchange).
- Energy transfer (e.g., heat transfer, friction or motion transfer such as chain links or gears).
- Data exchange (e.g., computer inputs or outputs, wiring harnesses, electrical signals or any other types of information exchange).
Since interfaces can contain up to fifty percent or more of the total failure modes, it is essential that any FMEA carefully consider the interfaces between subsystems and components in addition to the content of the subsystems and components themselves.
Example of FMEA Block Diagram for a bicycle hand brake subsystem: