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The Importance of Reliability Education

The Importance of Reliability Education

Adam / October 11, 2017

The importance of reliability education in a product development program cannot be understated.  A design initiative with mechanical content can be created solely by the mechanical team, same for electrical, and software.  These other disciplines will create a better product if they collaborate from the start, but this is not necessary. A successful product can still be created if they intersect later.  Reliability doesn’t have this flexibility.  Reliability tools don’t have a deliverable like a function or a feature.  They are an assist for the function or feature during the process of creation.  As an assist discipline, it only works if implemented while the other processes…

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Designing Accelerated Life Tests

Designing Accelerated Life Tests

Adam / October 04, 2017

I just returned from the IEEE ASQ Accelerated Stress Test and Reliability Conference, held this year in Austin, Texas.  It’s always been a great conference. There is such a good comradery and sharing of knowledge when a large group comes together on such a specific topic. I meet a lot of great people from many different industries, all with great experience to share.   We shared as much over dinner as we did in presentations, just with more colorful language. I presented a paper on considerations when designing an accelerated stress test as well as common pitfalls I have witnessed. …

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The Specialist

The Specialist

Adam / May 09, 2017

I was in a meeting recently with a customer team.  It was on-site with 12 people ranging from mid-level engineers to upper management.  Someone defended me earlier in the meeting by saying “Well, he did write a book on it!”  Which was nice and kinda cool to hear someone say.  But this lead to a later comeback by a crusty, principle engineer, 40 years under his belt, boat captain from Jaws kind of guy.   “If we can buy your book then why do we need you?”

I took a moment.  I knew that not responding wasn’t what I wanted…

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“How Reliable Is Your Product”  Available on Amazon – Hardcover

“How Reliable Is Your Product” Available on Amazon – Hardcover

Adam / July 01, 2016

We are very excited to announce the release of the second edition of “How Reliable is Your Product? 50 Ways to Improve product Reliability”  by Mike Silverman and Adam Bahret

This book is available for purchase in hardcover on Amazon. now!

I recommend the book as an excellent guide for engineering project management

and their teams, as well as for reliability specialists. It demystifies the sometimes

difficult methods and helps specialists to communicate with managers, designers,

and other engineers. It will make your products more reliable.

– Patrick…

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Arrhenius Model – believe it or not you use it all the time..and So does Martha Stewart!

Arrhenius Model – believe it or not you use it all the time..and So does Martha Stewart!

Adam / January 27, 2016

Let’s discuss the Arrhenius model.  One thing you didn’t know about is that you may already be an expert in it.  How could that be you ask? You have probably used it many times at home.

You use the Arrhenius model to accelerate and decelerate food decomposition everyday, cooking and refrigeration. When you slowly cook food in a pan you are accelerating it’s interaction with oxygen. You are effectively spoiling it as if it was left out on the counter in a controlled and accelerated fashion. Ever notice how rotten onions smell sweet?…a lot like slowly cooked, caramelized, onions? It’s the…

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Integrating HALT into the Product Development Process

Integrating HALT into the Product Development Process

Adam / September 22, 2015

I recently did a webinar for Qualmark’s “Ask The Experts Series” to discuss how to integrate HALT into the product development process.    I find it to be a very interesting topic. So much benefit can come from correctly integrating HALT with other reliability tools. I welcome any questions or comments on the topic via email  abahret@apexridge.com

 

 

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Monitoring Reliability and Quality Parameters in Manufacturing

Monitoring Reliability and Quality Parameters in Manufacturing

Adam / August 30, 2015

Cpk Ppk

Customers often ask about controlling the parameters established as critical to reliability once in manufacturing. I believe the two best tools are the Cpk and Ppk charting. Both of these methods are apart of the core tool set in the “Six Sigma” methodology.

The power of these tools is that they provide significant value over the traditional method of monitoring established parameters. This method is commonly based in setting “alarms” at the metrics limits. Cpk and Ppk provide insight on trending within those parameters. This trending and measurement of rate of approaching the proximity of the limits allows the…

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