Below is a list of some of my favorite resources: books, handbooks, websites, and quality friends. My recommended materials are either well-worn from years of my use or sparked ideas when I read them. If you try them out, I hope you find them valuable, too. I’ll continually refresh this list.
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Reliability Engineering and Accelerated Testing
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“…the most complete website devoted entirely to the topic of reliability engineering, reliability theory and reliability data analysis and modeling.”
Find podcasts, articles, resources, courses, eBooks, and webinars from the Reliability professional community. Content is open-access, and ask and contributors questions.
Minitab has a help guide on distribution fit for reliability analyses. It lists the available distributions in Minitab, and you can read more about them. Bookmark the page as a starting point to help you.
Ebeling, Charles E. An Introduction to Reliability and Maintainability Engineering. Waveland Press, Inc., 2005.
Gray, Kirk A. and John J. Paschkewitz. Next Generation HALT and HASS: Robust Design of Electronics and Systems. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2016.
FMEA (Failure Mode and Effects Analysis)
FMEA is an analysis method that is highly adaptable and ever-lasting, so don’t be put off by the publication dates of these resources.
Book: Stematis, D.H. Failure Mode and Effect Analysis: FMEA from Theory to Execution. ASQ Quality Press, 2003. (ISBN: 0873895983). This book is a good learning tool to be introduced to FMEA, and includes examples of FMEAs for different purposes.
Evans, James R. and William M. Lindsay. Managing for Quality and performance Excellence, 11th Ed. Cengage. 2020.
A good all-around reference for Quality and Quality Management.
Montgomery, Douglas C. Introduction to Statistical Quality Control, 8th Ed. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2020.
Us this textbook for a deep-dive in process control, capability, and monitoring of manufacturing and service processes. It is the quintessential reference that covers unique and lesser-known types of control charts. There are also chapters on DOE and Acceptance Sampling.
Ortiz, Chris A. Kaizen and Kaizen Event Implementation. Prentice Hall, 2009.
Mr. Ortiz reviews the how-to implement Kaizen and host Kaizen Events. He includes examples, case studies, and best and worst practices.
Tague, Nancy R. Quality Toolbox. ASQ, 2005.
This is a very approachable, quick-reference book for quality professionals and other quality thinking people. It lists common quality tools in alphabetical order and includes use scenarios.
Statistics Handbook: NIST/SEMATECH e-Handbook of Statistical Methods, www.itl.nist.gov/div898/handbook/ (doi:10.18434/M32189).
This searchable e-book has been around for awhile, but the basics of statistics don’t change. This remains a valuable resource, especially when checking for the assumptions of a statistical analysis.
Resource Website: asq.org
"ASQ empowers individuals and communities of the world to achieve excellence through quality." ASQ publishes a monthly magazine, Quality Progress, and has an index of articles, case studies, and other resources at asq.org/quality-resources. Some content is open access, and other is member-only.
It takes discipline and thought to create clean visuals that communicate well. Learn some new strategies for your own data presentations.
Website: Duarte, Nancy. "Slidedocs®." www.duarte.com/slidedocs.
Book: Tufte, Edward. "The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint: Pitching Out Corrupts WIthin." Beautiful Evidence. Graphics Press, LLC, 2006. pp. 162-168.
Article: Weiner, Jeff. “A Simple Rule to Eliminate Useless Meetings.” Linked-in, www.linkedin.com/pulse/20130701022638-22330283-a-simple-rule-to-eliminate-useless-meetings/.
Boyd, Drew and Jacob Goldenberg. Inside the Box: A Proven System of Creativity and Breakthrough Results. Simon & Schuster, 2013.
Do you need to innovate existing products to the next level? Maybe don’t just start adding things. Instead, use a thought generating approach to re-evaluate what you already have for new applications.
Schirr, Gary. “Flawed Tools; The Efficacy of Group Research Methods to Generate Customer Ideas.” Journal of Product Innovation Management, vol. 29, 2012.
Academic Scholars investigate brainstorming and other methods to generate ideas.
Dhillon, B.S. Life Cycle Costing for Engineers. CRC Press, 2010.
This is a general book on life cycle costing and it includes a lot of references. Use this as a starting point to discover what types of costs may be applicable to your project, then refer to the references to get more information.
Thesis: Reimert, Michal. "The impact of Additive Manufacturing on the life cycle cost of one-off parts at Thales Hengelo.” University of Twente. 26 May 2017. essay.utwente.nl/72270/1/Reimert_MA_BMS.pdf. Accessed 5 Oct 2021.
See this graduate thesis report for an example of a detailed life cycle cost analysis.
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