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Miami Kicked My Butt

Miami Kicked My Butt

Adam / February 19, 2018

The Plan: Saturday and Sunday was skiing in Vermont with the family,  back Sunday night, everyone off to school Monday morning, then to the airport to get to Miami, Tuesday and Wed meetings down there, then fly out Wed night so I’m back to teach classes Thur and Fri here in Boston.  Easy Peesie!

Actual: Finish ski trip feel a little “strange” on flight down to Miami, slight chills.  Tuesday do meetings just barely, Tuesday night it hits like a freight train, The Flu, or Malaria, Aliens. On Wednesday the freight train had fully passed over me so it stopped and…

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Can modular subsystems improve reliability?

Can modular subsystems improve reliability?

Adam / February 01, 2018

Modular subsystems in a wheelhouse technology may or may not be a staple in your industry.  There are some industries where they are not a standard practice and there are industries where without them, you can’t be a competitor.  Of course there is everything in-between.

First let’s define what a modular subsystem is for this discussion.  A modular subsystem is an assembly that is designed to be integratable into multiple products.  For the automotive industry this could be a transmission.  Each car model a manufacturer makes does not have a unique transmission design.  There may be six transmission types that…

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RAMS 2018:  Reliability Goals in the Product Development Process

RAMS 2018: Reliability Goals in the Product Development Process

Adam / January 27, 2018

I just came back from one of the best RAMS conferences I have attended (In my over 10 years of attending).  I was fortunate enough to present a paper on “Balancing Reliability Goals in the Product Development Process”.  The questions I received were great!  The higher level management of how reliability integrates into product programs is the next big advancement for our discipline.

-Adam

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The Perfect Reliability Program

The Perfect Reliability Program

Adam / January 12, 2018

An executive asked me how to make a “perfectly reliable product.”

I told him that program would look a lot like an embarrassing market failure that could put a company out of business.

This was not the response he was expecting.  I chose to elaborate before he just walked away.

The investment of time, dollars, and man power to create a “perfectly” reliable product would force such a compromise on all other aspects of the product and program that any type of market success would almost be impossible.  I can only think of two types of products that could benefit from an…

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She’s a Menace!

She’s a Menace!

Adam / January 04, 2018

The Titanic had two sister ships, the Britannic and the Olympic. There was a woman called Violet Jessop, a nurse and a cruise liner stewardess that worked on all three. (That’s her to the right)

  1. The Olympic crashed into a warship whilst leaving harbor but was able to make it back.
  2. She was on the Titanic as it sank and is referenced in the Titanic film, a stewardess that was told to set an example to the non english speaking passengers as the ship sank. She looked after a baby… Read More
Recall of 1993 Toyota Camry

Recall of 1993 Toyota Camry

Adam / December 20, 2017

Toyota just issued a recall of all 1993 Toyota Camrys. Tokyo-  “It’s simply time for drivers to move on.” Then added “We understand that the 1993 Camry was tremendously dependable, but, honestly, there’s just no excuse for driving a 24-year-old car at this point. You could have updated features like bluetooth and a backup camera” said Toyota spokesman Haruki Kinoshita. While Toyota is reportedly confining its recall to the 1993 Camry, it also issued a warning to owners of 1994 to 1998 models alerting them to the fact that they were really starting to push it. I can’t take full…

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Physics of Failure vs:  Chemistry of Failure

Physics of Failure vs: Chemistry of Failure

Adam / December 15, 2017

The term “Physics of Failure” is used when referring to the underlying mechanism that has driven a failure mode.  I have issue with the words “Physics” in this phrase as a “catch all.”  This implies we are only working with physical or kinematic interactions when studying product wear-out. Wear-out failures are rooted in chemistry as well.  Most electronic failures are chemistry based.   If a failure can be tracked back to a material property change, dielectrics, brittleness, transformation (oxidation), strength loss based on property change without fatigue, we have a chemistry…

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