Training Catalog

I deliver training to engineering teams from many industries, product lines and geographic sites.

  • All training is very practical – participants will be ready to implement these methods once they return to their workplace.
  • Participants are provided with bound training materials that will serve as a practical reference for many years.
  • Many in-class exercises across a number of industries are provided to reinforce topics.
  • Customization of case-studies is encouraged so that current problems become part of the learning.
  • Training is also available remotely via teleconference.
John E. Kreucher

Introduction to Reliability Engineering & Accelerated Testing

LENGTH:  1.5 DAYS

Basic topics in Product Reliability Engineering are presented with a focus on developing test plans for meeting reliability goals and mitigating risk. After an introduction to basic reliability concepts and reliability statistics, the course shifts to methods for demonstrating reliability using success-based and test-to-failure strategies.  Life data analysis (i.e. Weibull analysis) is presented along with a brief tutorial of Weibull++ software for performing this analysis. Reliability confidence bounds are introduced along with their impact on test plans and customer reliability statements.  Finally, a number of detailed and practical accelerated testing methods are presented. MORE…

Advanced Accelerated Testing

LENGTH:  1 DAY

Methods for accelerating product development tests are presented with a focus on practical techniques that result in meaningful test profiles and shorter development cycles.  After a brief introduction to general concepts and assumptions, the course shifts to several qualitative and quantitative methods which reveal failure mode(s) of concern and allow for reliability estimates at the equivalent of one life in the field.

This training provides a deeper focus on physics of failure and the theoretical and practical application of accelerated testing models.  A brief primer on ALTA software (ReliaSoft) is presented as a method to estimate reliability at customer use conditions based on accelerated test results.  MORE…

Instroduction to Reliability Engineering & Warranty Analysis

LENGTH:  2 DAYS

Basic topics in reliability engineering and warranty analysis are presented.  After an introduction to basic reliability concepts and reliability statistics the course shifts to methods for demonstrating reliability using success-based and test-to-failure strategies.  Life data analysis (i.e., Weibull analysis) is covered along with a brief tutorial of Weibull++ software for performing these analyses. Reliability confidence bounds are reviewed along with their impact on test plans and customer reliability statements.  With this footing, warranty analysis is introduced.  After a brief review of the practical aspects of interpreting raw customer returns data, attendees will be introduced to four formats for inputting and analyzing this data using Weibull++ software. These include Nevada, times to failure, dates of failure, and the usage format.  Methods for estimating usage of suspended units are covered.  Finally, methods for modeling the data and making projections of future returns (actuals or percentages) is covered, including the impact of future sales volumes and warranty terms.  MORE…