16. When designing a system for reliability, what characteristics (attributes) should be considered for incorporation into the ultimate configuration in order to attain the desired level of reliability? Identify at least five and describe how they would impact the system reliability.
Reliability is often expressed in terms of mean time between intervals (MTBF) or mean time to failure (MTTF), making time critical in reliability measurement. Reliability has to be important because a more efficient reliability factor improves the safety of workers and consumers, reduces overall energy consumption, and drives down manufacturing costs including the cost of maintenance.
Reputation – A company’s name is closely related to that of its reliability. The more reliable the company’s product is, the more likely that company is going to have a more favorable reputation.
Constructing efficient system components – An important part of manufacturing a system, tools, and equipment’s or machines.
Cost Analysis – Company’s may take reliability and combine it with cost information to illustrate the most cost effective way for their product. Life cycle cost analysis could prove that the initial price of the product could be high, but the life cycle costs are lower in the long run.
Compete with competitors – Company’s publish their anticipated reliability numbers to try to achieve a competitive advantage over other companies who don’t or will have lower than expected numbers.
Customers’ requirements – In designing a system for reliability, I believe that the customer has a huge impact. A lot of consumers in today’s market value their money and want to know that a company has an effective reliability program. Because products have failed for them in the past, they have great experience and learned the benefits of reliability.
18. Describe the process that you would follow in identifying and developing the appropriate reliability requirements at the systems level, and...