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May 26, 2008

Mtg: ‘Leading Indicators’ for More Effective Life Testing

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TUESDAY May 27
SCV Product Safety Engineering Chapter
Speakers: Arthur Zingher & Mike Silverman, Ops a la Carte
Time: Optional dinner, 5:45 PM; Presentation at 7:00 PM
Cost: none for presentation
Place: dinner El Torito Mexican Restaurant, 2950 Lakeside Drive, Santa Clara; talk at Applied Materials, Bowers Café, 3090 Bowers Ave, Santa Clara
RSVP: not required
Web: www.ewh.ieee.org/r6/scv/pses

The recent grounding of flights by American Airlines shows that operational maintenance and potential equipment failures are a serious â??real-world??? safety concern. ? Safety standards for power tools also look at failure modes. ? One way to anticipate field failures is to run life tests.

This presentation describes a new approach to life testing, using “Leading Indicators”, that can help overcome common challenges and constraints, such as:

? ? ? ? ? ? Too few specimens and too little time available for life testing.

? ? ? ? ? ? Life testing results too late to improve product development.

? ? ? ? ? ? Maintenance based on the average status of a population of similar units in similar operation, instead of the real-time status of each specific unit.

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Failures are expensive, failures irritate customers, and failures can KILL you â?¦

How can you anticipate dangerous field failures with only a few units to test?

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