Design for Reliability: Overview of the Process and Applicable Techniques
Volume 6, Number 6, November 2010 - Paper 4 - pp. 577-586
ADAMANTIOS METTASVice President, ReliaSoft Corporation, 1450 S. Eastside Loop, Tucson, AZ 85710, U.S.A.
(Received on August 17, 2009, revised December 11, 2009)
Design for Reliability (DFR) is not a new concept, but it has begun to receive a great deal of attention in recent years. What is DFR? What are the ingredients for designing for reliability, and what is involved in implementing DFR? Should DFR be part of a Design for Six Sigma (DFSS) program, and is DFR the same as DFSS? In this paper, we will try to answer these questions and, at the same time, we will propose a general DFR process that can be adopted and deployed with a few modifications across different industries in a way that will fit well into the overall Product Development Process.
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