EPRD-2014 is the long-awaited 4-Volume Update to the Reliability Information Analysis Center (RIAC) EPRD-97 databook that contains updated field failure rate data for electronic components. It greatly expands the 2-Volume 1997 Edition of the databook by adding data for connectors, inductors/coils, optoelectronic devices, relays, switches and transformers to its previous coverage of capacitors, diodes, integrated circuits, resistors, transistors and thyristors. EPRD-2014 provides more comprehensive coverage of the major electronic component types used in the 217PlusTM System Reliability Assessment and MIL-HDBK-217F, Notice 2 Reliability Prediction methodologies.
The Reliability Information Analysis Center (RIAC) has been consolidated into the Defense Systems Information Analysis Center (DSIAC).
As part of the transition the RIAC Desk Reference has been moved to the DSIAC's website. The Blueprints for Product Reliability, Reliability Guidelines, and Reliability START Sheets can be viewed here: https://www.dsiac.org/group/rmqsi
217Plus is the long awaited update of the Center's commitment to develop a replacement prediction methodology for MIL-HDBK-217 "Reliability Prediction of Electronic Equipment," the widely used approach abandoned by the Government on 1995.
217Plus implements the models presented in the "Handbook of 217Plus™ Reliability Prediction Models".
The Energy Act of 2005 mandated that all Department of Defense (DOD) facilities obtain 25% of their energy from renewable sources by the year 2025.
Renewable energy sources include wind, solar, wave, geothermal, and hydrodynamic.
One other source of "quasi" renewable energy is the use of waste to generate electricity or steam to power facilities.
Failure Mode, Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA) is a reliability
evaluation/design technique that examines the potential failure modes
within a system and its equipment, in order to determine the effects on
equipment and system performance.
Historically, FMECA practice has revolved around MIL-STD-1629A
and has been primarily limited to hardware.
This book expands the discussion of FMECA beyond the realm of the MIL-STD-1629A hardware approach.
Commonly-used commercial standards (SAE J1739 and IEC 60812) are introduced.
Hardware and Software FMECA (DFMEA), Process FMECA (PFMEA) and Human Systems Integration
(HSI)-based PFMECA methods are discussed, with particular attention given to the process,
required information, expected results and analysis alternatives.
The concept of an Integrated FMECA (I-FMECA) is also introduced.
Realigning and refocusing Information Analysis Center (IAC) capabilities
and products on defense system affordability, in conjunction with current
DoD Better Buying Power initiatives, is an essential task for DoD and the
Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) leadership going forward.
This new publication, “The Influence of Reliability, Maintainability,
Quality, Supportability and Interoperability on System Affordability”,
discusses how the effective application of Reliability, Maintainability,
Quality, Supportability and Interoperability (RMQSI) tools and processes
will ensure that essential warfighting capabilities are delivered that
meet system suitability requirements at the most affordable cost.
The publication describes how each of the RMQSI disciplines impacts
the overall affordability of a system during the evolving phases of its
life cycle. To be most effective, RMQSI processes and analyses must be
initiated very early in the acquisition process, Pre-Milestone A, and
continue throughout the system life cycle in order to create the greatest
Return on Investment (ROI) and an optimal Ownership Cost (OC) and Total
Life Cycle Cost (TLCC).
As government research and acquisition budgets get strained under sequestration, one Defense Department organization says it has a way to make sure those limited dollars go further — and it's been doing it, mostly under the public radar, for more than six decades.
DoD's Information Analysis Centers, part of the larger Defense Technical Information Center, have the job of collecting, analyzing and disseminating the department's knowledge about science, technology and business processes so that a new program manager doesn't have to reinvent the wheel when he or she is faced with a tough problem.
Christopher Zember, the director of DoD's Information Analysis Centers discusses the historical role of IACs, how they've evolved through the years, and ongoing changes designed to support DoD's Better Buying Power initiative.
The NAVSEA/Crane SD-18 "Parts Requirements and Application Guide" provides
guidance when using military and commercial parts in military environments.
It provides part acquisition guidelines for Program Managers, System Program Offices,
and Original Equipment Manufacturers. SD-18 provides guidance on how the
Department of Defense and its contractors can cooperatively select devices
that will result in the lowest cost of ownership for the DoD in support of
its Better Buying Power initiatives.
Fort Belvoir, VA – For more than 65 years, the Defense Department’s Information Analysis Centers (IACs) have provided an essential resource to affordably deliver data and analysis in support of the need for technical information supporting current operations. In a recent Federal Times article, Pentagon spokeswoman Maureen Schumann said the IACs allow the Pentagon “to reduce duplication and build on previous research, development and other technical needs.”
This new 3-day course, currently available to teach on-site, provides a complete overview of the reliability growth process associated with robust design and test techniques. It defines the basic concepts of reliability growth and illustrates how these concepts can be most effectively applied using a variety of design and test methods. Topics covered include reliability growth management, reliability growth through design (FMEA/FMECA, FTA, Reliability Physics/Physics of Failure, Accelerated Life Testing, and Orthogonal Defect Classification for Software) and reliability growth through test (FRACAS; reliability planning, tracking and projection models). The course also provides unique and innovative approaches that measure, quantify and improve the effectiveness of Design for Reliability (DFR) activities.
Concerns with the limited supply of non-renewable resources form the impetus for the intense private, national and international efforts currently being applied toward the development of so-called 'green' technologies. There is the expectation that these technologies will be utilized in a manner that is compatible with the environment. The term 'green technology' has been commonly applied to a wide array of technologies and is often associated with renewable and/or sustainable energy sources, higher efficiency products, and low-toxicity/high re-use materials, where 'green' is meant to signify an intended harmony with nature. In the strictest interpretation, the term 'green technology' should only be applied to those technologies which present no negative impact on the environment; however few technologies can meet this standard.
The objective of the “Impact of 'Green' Technologies on System Reliability” Handbook is to identify the reliability considerations related to key green power generating technologies (solar, wind and geothermal), and to present methodologies and/or models useful in the identification and mitigation of reliability risks. Each topic is prefaced with a brief overview of the current technology and its intended applications, such that consequences of unreliable operation can be better appreciated. Where applicable, each topic includes a preview of key activities in the research and development of 'next generation' versions of the technology.