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Designing for Reliability
Risk is uncertainty. Will this work? How will this item fail? Is it safe? Risk is not limited to product failure as it includes brand topics such as market acceptance, regulatory approval, supply chain stability, international conflicts, and more. Reliability engineering tends to focus on product failure to perform as expected and we have to fit into the large context of risks facing any product or system.

Let’s talk about risk, risk management, and our role in identifying and mitigating risks. Plus, let’s explore how reliability engineering tools fit into the larger risk management processes many organizations have in place.

Any product is a collection of materials that have been engineered, shaped, and modified to become components and joints (e.g. weld and braze joints). The materials can degrade due to exposure to use conditions - steel screws corrode when exposed to water, some plastics become brittle when exposed to sunlight, and coatings on surfaces can wear away.

Components and joints will stop functioning as required if their materials degrade too much. This is a problem if it leads to reduction or loss of product performance before the end of a product’s expected life.

Identifying the conditions to which materials are exposed and selecting materials that can withstand the exposure is a critical part of designing products that have good reliability.

During this webinar I will discuss identification of the conditions that can cause materials to degrade.

Topics covered:

• Stressors that act on components and joints
• Material degradation mechanisms
• Five sources of stressors
• Determining the magnitude of stressors

Dec 13, 2022 09:00 AM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Michael Pfeifer
Principal Consultant and Trainer @Industrial Metallurgists, LLC
I’m a metallurgical engineer with over 25 years of experience working on product design, manufacturing, and root cause analysis. Most engineers think of metallurgists only for failure analysis of component failures. While I do that, I also help design teams with component design. I help select alloys and coatings that have the corrosion, fatigue, wear, and creep properties needed to meet reliability requirements. Oftentimes, trade-offs are required between component form and materials to optimize a design for performance, reliability, and cost. I help do that, too. I’ve worked on design, failure analysis, and root cause analysis across a wide range of applications and alloys.