Risk Barriers as Swiss Cheese? [transcript]

I’ve got a riddle for you today. What does swiss cheese and risk management have in common? I’ll tell you the answer after the introduction. Hello, and welcome to Quality during Design, the place to use quality thinking to create products others love, for less. My name is Dianna. I’m a senior level quality professional…

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Environmental Stress Testing for Robust Designs [transcript]

We’re starting out with a new product design. We’re really not sure if the components we’re choosing are robust enough for the field conditions we’re expecting our product to function within. There’s a set of tests that can help with that. Listen in for more about environmental stress testing. Hello and welcome to Quality during…

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Choosing a Confidence Level for Test using FMEA [transcript]

We are developing requirements for our product, including setting reliability requirements and its confidence levels or we’re setting acceptance criteria for our test plans. What confidence levels do we choose? We don’t have to blindly set them. We can base it off the risks of failure. I’ll tell you how after this brief intro. Hello…

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Getting Started with FMEA – It All Begins with a Plan [transcript]

We’re jumping into an FMEA starting to populate table cells and organize information. We may even be doing things right, having a team approach and inviting our cross-functional team members to the discussions. We get started, but then we don’t agree on ratings to assign, like severity, occurrence, or detection ratings. Or we get anywhere…

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How can 8D help solve my recurring problem? [transcript]

What is 8D? Now, we’re not talking about 8 dimensions and things like quantum physics. We are talking about a quality tool, a system and a methodology for fixing a problem. So, what is it? How does it compare to some of the other common continuous improvement and problem-solving methods? And when we want to…

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Mistake-Proofing – the Poka-Yoke of Usability [transcript]

How do we go about mistake-proofing our product design? There’s a checklist we can use, based on a well-known manufacturing production method, poka-yoke. Let’s talk about poka-yoke for product design, after this brief introduction.  Hello and welcome to quality during design, the place to use quality thinking to create products others love, for less. My name is Dianna. I’m…

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Getting Comfortable with using Reliability Results [transcript]

We want to engage a reliability engineer in an analysis for our product design. They can help us produce some great information from which we can make decisions. You might be feeling uncomfortable about our team making a design decision based on those results. You don’t quite understand how the reliability engineer came up with…

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The DFE Part of DFX (Design For Environment and eXcellence) [transcript]

Design for Excellence (DFX) is a concept that includes many initiatives, like design for usability (or Ux), design for manufacturability and assembly, and design for environment and disassembly. It’s a focus on doing things right, exceeding customer expectations, optimizing what’s needed while minimizing costs, and continuous improvement.  Today we take a deep dive on one of those aspects: design for environment (DFE), including design for disassembly (DFD). What are reasons that a business…

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