Reliability HotWire eMagazine - Issue 132, February 2012 is now available

Reliability HotWire is a monthly eMagazine by ReliaSoft providing information and tips on how to best improve your reliability practices and get the most out of ReliaSoft’s tools for reliability and life data analysis.

This month’s Reliability HotWire includes the following topics;

Challenges in Selecting an Integrated Enterprise-wide Reliability Solution: An IT Perspective

Guest Submission – Jassem Al-Salem of Kuwait Oil Company

Over the past few years, reliability methods have become more and more crucial and essential tools in the oil and gas industry. In the Middle East region specifically, their importance is becoming more evident, and more and more users are asking for the tools in order to utilise these methods. From an IT perspective, our purpose is to support the users and assist them in selecting the right tools, which would also meet our requirements. This article describes the challenges faced when selecting an integrated enterprise-wide reliability system, based on my experience at Kuwait Oil Company (KOC), as part of the team assigned to make this selection. Read more

Predicting the Number of Failures for Repairable Systems

Many complex systems, such as military vehicles and mining equipment are repairable. For repairable systems, the number of failures at a given operation period is one of the most important reliability metrics. Based on the predicted number of failures, proper resources can be allocated. ReliaSoft’s RGA (reliability growth analysis) software package provides tools for repairable system modeling and prediction. In this article, we will explain how to predict the number of failures, with confidence bounds, for repairable systems. Read more

Tool Tips

  • What tools do Xfmea and RCM++ provide to assess risk other than Risk Priority Numbers?
  • Is there a fast way to calculate multiple metrics for any analyzed data sheet?
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Hot News

2012 Stan Ofsthun Award – We are honored to announce that Dr. Larry Crow was presented the 2012 Stan Ofsthun Award by the Society of Reliability Engineers (SRE) at the RAMS 2012 conference. The Stan Ofsthun Award is given for the best paper at RAMS by an SRE member. Candidate papers receive a blind review in the areas of originality, significance, accuracy, applicability and clarity. Dr. Crow’s winning paper, Demonstrating Reliability Growth Requirements with Confidence, was one of many submitted. This marks his fourth win of this award during his career! Dr. Crow (instructor and consultant for ReliaSoft) will be teaching RS 511 – Application of Reliability Growth Models in Developmental Testing and Fielded Systems, May 8 – 10, 2012 in Tucson, AZ. Some of this year’s papers, along with papers from years past, are currently posted online at:

Certified Reliability Engineer Exam at ARS – The American Society of Quality (ASQ) is currently working with the ARS Committee to host the CRE exam 2 PM to 6 PM Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Similar to past symposiums, this test will precede the formal 2012 ARS North America conference scheduled for June 13 – 15, 2012 at the JW Marriott Hotel on Canal Street. A link to the application for this test will be posted soon on the ARS website at:

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