Warranty and Reliability
Join Chris and Fred as they discuss warranty and warranty management. Is this different to reliability? What do you think?
- Fred thinks that warranty management is separate to reliability. And this is because warranty management is big business these days. There are companies that focus on selling warranty to manufacturers, which means that the manufacturers are no longer responsible for dealing with warranty action. And in practice, the warranty companies seldom speak to the manufacturer’s design team to get a better understanding of the reliability characteristics of the product. It’s all about finance, logistics, accrual and all that stuff. Hence the distinction.
- But in its purest sense, warranty management is all about reliability. Even though (as Fred points out) that contemporary ‘warrant management’ is closer to hedge fund management. Especially when you don’t outsource warranty to a third party.
- Warranty reliability is a reliability design goal. And if you haven’t thought it out, then you don’t challenge your designers to create something that is reliable. Which can change culture.
- To be profitable, you need to do warranty well. Organizations that do the best are those who don’t lose all their profit margin through warranty costs. And this means that you don’t set up inherent conflicts of interest where companies get paid to ‘maintain’ the shoddy product they just made. Does this relate to yours?
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