Defense contractors like Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems, Honeywell, and L3, and their suppliers have found ESPEC Qualmark’s technology to be an essential and cost-effective addition to their reliability programs.
Product reliability engineering is rapidly evolving, superseding military standards, handbooks, and references established decades ago and the military now seeks more modern, even commercially available solutions. Key Congressional Defense Committees and the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) have focused greater attention on Highly Accelerated Life Testing and Highly Accelerated Stress Screening (HALT/HASS) methodologies and processes to improve the reliability of critical U.S. missile defense programs.
The first piece of directive report language states:
The second piece of directive report language is shown below (in excerpted form):
The DOD, and especially through the efforts of the Department of Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E), is now driving initiatives and upping reliability standards to improve suitability of fielded systems. In 2009 the DOD adopted the standards in ANSI/GEIA – 0009, Reliability Program Standard for System Design, Development and Manufacturing, and in 2011, in his report to the National Academy of Science, the director of OT&E cited 16 important military suppliers that advocate use of Design for Reliability (DFR) activities. All but one are ESPEC Qualmark customers.
The Army wants suppliers to “not view reliability as just a Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) but instead focus on building a product that has a sufficiently failure-free operating period.” In the AMSAA (Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity) Reliability Best Practices guide, emphasis is placed on identifying failure mechanisms and taking corrective action to achieve design optimization, integrating Highly Accelerated Life Testing (HALT) and Highly Accelerated Stress Screening (HASS) as part of DOD supplier reliability programs.
ESPEC Qualmark accelerated reliability test technology provides actionable data essential to a well designed, DFR-focused program that incorporates closed-loop Failure Reporting And Corrective Action System (FRACAS), Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) and Reliability Growth Testing (RGT) as recommended by AMSAA
Qualmark and its product line is now a part of ESPEC North America.
Read the details: ESPEC North America Inc. and Qualmark Corporation Merge (Jan. 2018)