Reliability Predictions and FMEA Occurrence
Join Carl and Fred as they discuss the subject of Reliability Predictions, and whether they can be used in an FMEA.
- Reliability Predictions methodology
- Parts count can be misused as a way to predict reliability
- Can Reliability Predictions be useful when assessing Occurrence rating in an FMEA?
- Use of failure rates vs failure distributions in Supportability FMEA
- Why Design FMEA Occurrence rating is subjective
- Using a Reliability prediction from a handbook to inform FMEA occurrence rating gives a false sense of knowledge
- Using less parts, as a strategy to improve reliability, can have validity
- FMEA Occurrence rating is associated with the failure mode due to cause, not the aggregate component failure rate
- Assumptions matter; if a reliability prediction assumes constant failure rate, this is often a wrong assumption
- Field failure history can be important input to FMEA, as input to failure mode identification; this can help ensure field failures do not repeat
- Beware of reliability software that takes the FMEA occurrence rating and transfers it to the System Reliability Analysis as component or system failure rates
- Models are useful, however, the assumptions and methodologies must be correct
- A “one-off” failure during product development should not be dismissed
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