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Failure Mode and Effect Analysis for Product/Process Development

The automotive industry is undergoing fierce competition globally. To increase competitiveness, automotive OEMs and suppliers are striving for improving quality and customer satisfaction, eliminating warranty, and reducing product development cycle time. This seminar introduces the participants to FMEA, an effective and powerful quality improvement tool. The seminar prepares the participants to effectively identify failure modes, determine effects, concisely define root causes of the failure modes, and successfully develop and implement the corrective actions.
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Engine Failure Investigation and Analysis

Engine failures can occur in a variety of equipment, vehicles, and applications. On occasion, a single vehicle type or equipment family will even experience multiple engine failures leading to the inevitable need to determine what the most likely cause of one or all of those failures was. This comprehensive seminar introduces participants to the methods and techniques used to understand the types of variables and inputs that can affect engine reliability and then determine the most likely cause of an individual engine or group of engine failures in the field.
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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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Fundamentals of Fatigue Analysis

Fatigue is a structural failure mode that must be recognized and understood to develop products that meet life cycle durability requirements. In the age of lightweighting, fatigue strength is an important vehicle design requirement as engineers struggle to meet stringent weight constraints without adversely impacting durability. This technical concept course introduces the fatigue failure mode and analysis methods. It explains the physics of material fatigue, including damage accumulation that may progress to product failure over time, and it provides the needed foundation to develop effective fatigue prediction capabilities.
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Basic Tire Mechanics and Applications

This course introduces basic tire mechanics, including tire construction components based on application type, required sidewall stamping in accordance with DoT/ECE regulations, tread patterns, regulatory and research testing on quality, tire inspections and basic tire failure identification. The course will provide you with information that you can use immediately on-the-job and apply to your own vehicle. This course is practical in nature and supplemented with samples and hands-on activities. It serves as a good primer for the in-depth SAE Tire Forensic Analysis course.
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Design Verification Plan & Report (DVP&R) - Overview and Application

In this one-day seminar on Design Verification Plan and Report Overview and Application students will be introduced to important concepts, the basic theory behind the concepts, and discuss how these concepts can be applied to the client's design reliability activities. Participant involvement will be maximized to demonstrate and reinforce the concepts through reading assignments, group discussions, and exercises where students will begin a DVP&R on a client product.
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Tire Forensic Analysis

This course provides a detailed description of tire failure modes, their potential causes, identification, and the sometimes-subtle nuances that go along with determination of tire failure. In addition, proper inspection techniques of tires will be discussed and samples will be available to reinforce the concepts learned. The course is helpful for investigators and individuals who need to explore and explain tire failures and point out the failure contributing factors. The course will help to clarify failure root cause between tire production process deviation, tire design, and service application.
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Introduction to Failure Mode and Effects Analysis for Product and Process

Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) is a systematic method for preventing failure through the discovery and mitigation of potential failure modes and their cause mechanisms. Actions are developed in a team environment and address each high: severity, occurrence or detection ranking indicated by the analysis. Completed FMEA actions result in improved product performance, reduced warranty and increased product quality.
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AS13004 Process Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (PFMEA) and Control Plans

In the Aerospace Industry there is a growing focus on Defect Prevention to ensure that quality goals are met. Process Failure Mode & Effects Analysis (PFMEA) and Control Plan activities described in AS13004 are recognized as being one of the most effective, on the journey to Zero Defects. This two-day course is designed to explain the core tools of Process Flow Diagrams, Process Failure Mode & Effects Analysis (PFMEA) and Control Plans as described in AS13004. It will show the links to other quality tools such as Design FMEA, Characteristics Matrix and Measurement Systems Analysis (MSA).
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Design and Process Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA)

This seminar covers the five types of FMEAs with emphasis on constructing Design and Process FMEAs. Each column of the FMEA document will be clearly explained using an actual FMEA example. The course covers various methods for identifying failure modes, effects and causes with special attention given to severity, occurrence, and detection tables and how to develop effective recommended actions strategies. Throughout the class, participants will be involved in exercises/actual projects that demonstrate and incorporate direct application of learned principles.
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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.

Prognostics and Health Management Guidelines for Electro-Mechanical Actuators

The purpose of the document is to provide the guidelines of the technological approach for developing a PHM system for EMAs with particular reference to their possible use as primary flight control actuators. It provides a basic description of the physics of the most common degradation processes,a reliability assessment and a discussion on the signals, with the associated data processing, required to build up an effective health monitoring system.

Guidelines for the Development of Architectures for Integrated Vehicle Health Management Systems

This SAE Aerospace Recommended Practice (ARP) provides best practices and guidance for creating an architecture for integrated vehicle health management systems. Where possible, this document will also provide references to tools to conduct architectural trades. Finally, this document will provide use cases to expose considerations and stakeholders to be included in these trades and utilization of an IVHM system (which may lead to new functional or non-functional requirements).

Propulsion System Monitoring for Continued Airworthiness

The SAE E-32 Committee is requested to develop standards for Commercial Aircraft Engine Monitoring to support the Continued Airworthiness of aircraft in general, with particular emphasis on the ETOPS (Extended Operations) to support the regulations. 14CFR A33.3 (c) ETOPS Requirements. For an applicant seeking eligibility for an engine to be installed on an airplane approved for ETOPS, the Instructions for Continued Airworthiness must include procedures for engine condition monitoring. The engine condition monitoring procedures must be able to determine prior to flight, whether an engine is capable of providing, within approved engine operating limits, maximum continuous power or thrust, bleed air, and power extraction required for a relevant engine inoperative diversion. For an engine to be installed on a two-engine airplane approved for ETOPS, the engine condition monitoring procedures must be validated before ETOPS eligibility is granted.

Fatigue Modeling/Testing & CAE Durability Analysis, 2015

This collection of technical papers focuses on state-of-the-art fatigue theory and advanced development in fatigue testing, material behavior under cyclic loading, and fatigue analysis methodology & research in the ground vehicle industry.

Atmospheric Corrosion Monitoring Informational Report

This Aerospace Informational Report (AIR) provides guidance on existing environmental and corrosion monitoring technologies for service environments, focusing on parameters of interest, sensing technologies, existing measurement platforms, deployment requirements, and data processing techniques. Non-destructive evaluation tools are not within the scope of this report. The principal motivation of the document is to facilitate users in the specification, selection, and use of monitoring systems for assessing atmospheric corrosion in aerospace applications. The sensors and monitoring systems provide continuous time-based records of: 1) environmental parameters such as temperature, humidity, and contaminants; 2) measures of alloy corrosion; and 3) protective coating performance.
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Reliability Analysis of a New Product in the Early Design Phase

A major shortcoming of many reliability programs is that they are initiated after the product is in production. Reliability prediction in the earliest design phase of a totally new product is an effective means of assuring proper emphasis and direction of the development program. This paper discusses the application of failure mode identification and analysis relative to a new product without benefit of field failure data. The procedure to accomplish this purpose is explained and appraisal methods are also described.
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Reliability of Airframe Structures - General Aspects of the Problem and Outline of Methods for Attaining

The terms “reliability” and “reliability design” have emerged as popular words to describe a discipline for minimizing failures or operating difficulties in complex mechanisms or systems. Little recognition has been given to past or traditional engineering practices which have been evolved to achieve this objective along with the primary one of fulfilling a specific operational need. The purpose of the following discussion is to describe in non-academic terms how a rather high degree of reliability has been achieved in developing military airframe structures, the difficulties and inaccuracies associated therewith, and some aspirations for the future. It is not intended for structural designers and fatigue specialists who should be better informed on the technical procedures involved than the writer.