Reliability, Testing, and Warranty Analysis

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3 days


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Manage a reliability program from product development to end of product life.

Companies are under increasing pressure to bring new products–with more features–to market faster and faster with a nice profit. Warranty costs may reduce or eliminate all profits. Many reliability efforts fail because they are not justified financially.

When faced with a large investment years before a product is launched, it is difficult to convince financial management that this investment will produce the required level of return. The financial justification of reliability efforts is much easier when all system costs are considered—not only warranty costs. This course will use real case studies to blend the management, engineering and statistical aspects of an effective reliability program.


You will learn how to manage a reliability program from product development to end of product life, including statistical methods related to risk and costs. Methods for reliability and life data analysis and test design will be presented. Emphasis will be placed on the Weibull distribution, but other distributions will also be presented. 

  • Apply systems engineering to reliability in design and manufacturing
  • Learn how to re-use quality systems documents in an efficient, and proactive manner, rather than as a check-the-box activity to satisfy auditors
  • Discover how to predict reliability and identify areas of risk
  • Determine how to balance risk and efficiency in product development
  • Apply statistical methods to reliability testing and understand their limits with small sample sizes
  • Understand the meaning of testing with few or no failures
  • Determine how much testing is needed
  • Design efficient reliability tests
  • Apply accelerated testing
  • Interpret test results and draw conclusions based on data and the application of advanced statistical analysis techniques.
  • Interpret patterns in warranty data
  • Estimate failure rates and warranty costs


LEARNING SCHEDULE:  Monday-Wednesday 8:00 AM-4:30 PM 

This Hyflex program is available concurrently via a 4-day in-person session in Ann Arbor or remote-live via Zoom.

  • Reliability and Systems Engineering
  • Using Quality Systems Documents to Identify and Mitigate Risk in Product Development
  • Probability Fundamentals
  • Continuous Modeling Distributions
  • Parmeter Estimation
  • Reliability Demonstration Testing
  • Accelerated Testing Models
  • Environmental Stress Screening
  • Warranty Estimation


Recommended Course Prerequisites: 
Learners are expected to have basic knowledge in statistical concepts. Successful completion of an undergraduate statistics course is desired. Of note, we will cover all of the above topics in the class but from an application versus theoretical level.

Laptop & Software:
A laptop computer is required for this course. To complete the course, learners need the following software:


Bryan Dodson, PhD

  • Executive Engineer, SKF Group

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