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Introduction to ISO 90012015 and IATF 169492016

The concept of a Quality System’s approach to business has been employed successfully and sometimes not so successfully for several decades. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has been supplying standards that list the key elements/clauses and requirements for building and implementing Quality Systems for over 30 years. These standards are based on the relatively simple concepts of Total Quality Management (TQM), essential principals of management, and a “Process” approach. These standards have been revised several times over the years to make them more realistic and user friendly.
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DFMEA Overview and Application

During this DFMEA Overview and Application course, participants will be introduced to important FMEA concepts, the basic theory behind the concepts, then discuss how these concepts can be applied to the customer's design FMEA activities. Participant activities include: reading assignments, group discussions, exercises, building Block Diagrams as a group, and beginning a DFMEA on a customer’s product.
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PFMEA and the Control Plan - Overview and Application

The Process FMEA and Control Plan program introduces the basic concepts behind this important tool and provides training in how to conduct an effective PFMEA. First, the course explains what a PFMEA is and how it improves the long-term performance of your products, services and related processes by addressing process related failures. The role of the PFMEA in the overall framework of Quality Management System Requirements is explained as well as the role of the PFMEA in the Advanced Product Quality Planning (APQP) process. Additionally, the differences and relationships between the DFMEA and PFMEA are well defined.
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Design of Experiments - Basic Simplified Taguchi

Design of Experiments is a statistically based, structured approach to product or process improvement that will quickly yield significant increases in product quality and subsequent decreases in cost. Products and processes can be designed to function with less variation and with less sensitivity to environmental factors or customer usage. While still maintaining high quality from a customer's viewpoint, products and processes can utilize lower cost materials and methods. Specifications can be opened-up with wider tolerances while still maintaining high quality for customers.
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ANOVA for Design of Experiments

This seminar is suggested for product or process experts who have a need to utilize more detailed information concerning Design of Experiments analysis. It primarily addresses the subject of ANOVA, analysis of variance, which is a statistically based, objective decision-making tool. This is an advanced seminar that covers the fundamentals required to analyze orthogonal experiments, interpret, and recommend further action based on the analysis. Emphasis is placed on the analysis phase of the DOE process.
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Advanced Product Quality Planning

APQP is essential to improving the way companies develop products and services. It is a standardized, universally accepted fundamental business strategy. This strategy is applicable to all types of organizations including manufacturing and service companies, schools, hospitals, and governmental agencies. The aim of APQP is to enable the organization to produce products and provide services focused on satisfying customer’s needs, wants, and expectations. Following this standardized approach promotes the integration of design, development and implementation activities with those of suppliers and customers.
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Weibull-Log Normal Analysis Workshop

RMS (Reliability-Maintainability-Safety-Supportability) engineering is emerging as the newest discipline in product development due to new credible, accurate, quantitative methods. Weibull Analysis is foremost among these new tools. New and advanced Weibull techniques are a significant improvement over the original Weibull approach. This workshop, originally developed by Dr. Bob Abernethy, presents special methods developed for these data problems, such as Weibayes, with actual case studies in addition to the latest techniques in SuperSMITH® Weibull for risk forecasts with renewal and optimal component replacement.
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Quality Function Deployment Transforming Voice of the Customer into Engineering Specifications

This seminar is offered in China only and presented in Mandarin Chinese. The course materials are bilingual (English and Chinese). Currently in the industry, especially within China, product requirement development is more of an experienced-based process rather than a scientific methodology. This course addresses this issue and provides a more process-driven method for better requirement development through the Quality Function Deployment (PFD) methodology.  Real industrial examples are used to demonstrate how to systematically convert voice of the customer data to engineering specifications using QFD. 
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Design of Experiments (DOE) for Engineers

Design of Experiments (DOE) is a methodology that can be effective for general problem-solving, as well as for improving or optimizing product design and manufacturing processes. Specific applications of DOE include identifying proper design dimensions and tolerances, achieving robust designs, generating predictive math models that describe physical system behavior, and determining ideal manufacturing settings. This seminar utilizes hands-on activities to help you learn the criteria for running a DOE, the requirements and pre-work necessary prior to DOE execution, and how to select the appropriate designed experiment type to run.
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Applying Design of Experiments, Accelerated Testing and Weibull Analysis Methods to Improve ABS ECU Reliability

This paper presents, in a case study format, a methodology for combining the methods of Design of Experiments, Accelerated Testing, and Weibull Analysis to improve the reliability of an ABS Electronics Control Unit (ECU). While much literature focuses on each method individually, sometimes it's necessary combine all of these methods to achieve product improvement. The paper walks through the steps of using an multi-environment over-stress accelerated test routine, with DOE methods to evaluate key factors, and then applying Weibull and Weibayes methods to validate the new proposal and estimate expect life improvement.
Technical Paper

The New Allison HD4070 Transmission - Design, Development and Applications

Allison Transmission has been a key player in the Military and Heavy Duty Commercial truck markets for many years. These tough vocations require transmissions that are not only capable of heavy loads, rigorous duty cycles, and proven reliability, but also provide value for the end-user and maintain compatibility with leading edge technological improvements of engines and other parts of the vehicle system. The Allison HD4070 transmission is one of the latest transmission offerings from Allison Transmission to meet the “next generation” heavy-duty vehicle needs. This product increases value to the vehicle manufacturer and customer, and provides compatibility with the fast changing electronics capabilities of modern vehicle systems and engines. These improvements are offered in a durable design that has been the trademark of Allison transmissions in these markets.
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The Detroit Diesel DELTA Engine for Light Trucks & SUV's - Year 2000 Update

Detroit Diesel Corporation (DDC) is developing the DELTA 4.0L V6 engine, specifically for the North American light truck market. This market poses unique requirements for a diesel engine, necessitating a clean sheet engine design. DELTA was developed from a clean sheet of paper, with the first engine firing just 228 days later. The process began with a Quality Function Deployment (QFD) analysis, which prioritized the development criteria. The development process integrated a co-located, fully cross-functional team. Suppl iers were fully integrated and maintained on-site representation. The first demonstration vehicle moved under its own power 12 weeks after the first engine fired. It was demonstrated to the automotive press 18 days later. DELTA has repeatedly demonstrated its ability to disprove historical North American diesel perceptions and compete directly with gasoline engines. This paper outlines the Generation 0.0 development process and briefly defines the engine.
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PCI Bus in On-Bard Computers of Mobile Agricultural Machines

A perspective design technique of on-board computers for mobile agricultural machines is their creation on the basis of standard modules allowing to reduce the designing period, to improve reliability, quality, and also to make operation and modernization of designed systems cheaper. Because modules are made in different standards, there is a problem of choice of modules for a concrete application. The paper considers various problems of application of a PCI bus in on-board computers of mobile agricultural machines. Recommendations on efficient use of the PCI bus are given.
Technical Paper

On Optimal Longevity of Commercial Vehicles

The effect of changing economic conditions on quality requirements of commercial vehicles is discussed. Special attention is given to reliability and longevity aspects. To facilitate the evaluation of changes of reliability on total life costs of automobiles, a mathematical model was developed, which contains also seperate variables defining the energy and material content in the life cost structure. The concept of optimal longevity is analysed and factors influencing it are considered. It is shown, that improvements in automobile reliability can lead to considerable savings of energy and material.
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Concepts of Product Support in an International Industrial Equipment Corporation

Minimizing equipment downtime is a central concern of this conference. Fundamental to this concern is the need to define and measure the elements that significantly influence equipment downtime. The requirement for in-field management information led to the design of the Deere & Company Total Reliability Analysis of Customer Equipment System (T.R.A.C.E.). T.R.A.C.E. measures in a timely and cost effective way, product reliability and life cycle costs, product serviceability, dealer service performance, and provides a means of improving parts service effectiveness.
Technical Paper

Emissions, Efficiency, and Durability of Agricultural Diesel Engines Using Low-Proof Ethanol

Experimental investigations were made to evaluate the potential of using low-proof ethanol to supplement diesel fuel in agricultural engines. Fumigation, mechanical emulsification, and chemical emulsifiers were used to introduce a significant amount of alcohol with diesel fuel for engine operation. A total of five diesel tractor engines were tested using each of the fuel systems. Exhaust products and fuel usage were determined at various engine speed/load conditions. A 500-hour engine durability test was conducted on three of the engines using 25% 160-proof ethanol with diesel fuel. Two tests were conducted using fumigation, and one test was done with a mechanical fuel emulsifier. Results suggest that approximately 25% alcohol can be used with diesel fuel to realize essentially the same thermal efficiency as diesel fuel. In addition, no adverse effects on engine life expectancy were apparent using 25% 160-proof ethanol fumigated into an engine.
Technical Paper

A Corporate Product Quality Assurance Program

This paper outlines what a large company is doing on a corporate staff basis to help combat Product Liability problems. Eaton Corporation is multi-national and serves a variety of markets. The extensive and complex line of products dictates the need for a well organized, corporate Product Assurance Program. The program is made up of five thrusts: 1) Corporate Policy, 2) Guidelines, 3) Divisional Committees, 4) Surveys and 5) Training. Utilizing a product development project, the implementation of several elements of Product Quality Assurance are explained. The program was designed for flexibility and emphasizes the chairman's motto to “DO IT RIGHT THE FIRST TIME, EVERY TIME.”
Technical Paper

The Effect of Aluminum Oxide Structure on Adhesive Bonding

When one wishes to bond aluminum alloys and obtain durable bonds, it has been conventional practice to clean and remove the mill oxide chemically and deposit another oxide surface which then is more receptive to forming a strong adhesive bond. Much work has been done in recent years by the adhesive manufacturers to develop adhesive systems which produce durable bonds to untreated surfaces. Their efforts using reactive acrylic and rubber modified epoxies have been largely successful. The more one knows about the surface to be bonded, the better the possibility of producing a durable bonding system. This paper addresses some of those factors concerning the aluminum oxide surface. A model for the aluminum oxide structure is presented and evidence given that indicates that with 5182 alloy, bond failure can be related to failure of the magnesium oxide within the aluminum oxide structure.
Technical Paper

The Design, Durability and Performance of the Turntable Bearing for a Small Truck Crane

This paper presents the design of a single row four point angular contact ball bearing with external gear teeth used as a turnable bearing in a small truck crane. In addition Durability and Performance Tests are presented. The durability of induction hardened raceways, comparison of raceway materials, durability under oscillation with one-way loading, measurement of rotating torque and the mechanism of cage failure are some of the factors examined in this paper.
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Development of a Durable, Reliable and Fast Responding Solenoid Valve

A new solenoid operated valve has been developed which is compact, durable, reliable and fast operating. Different versions of the valve have been constructed for operating pressures of 2 bar to 100 bar. The valving mechanism is ball poppet and requires no spring. Additional design features include hardened seats, and close control of valve travel and air gap.