Reliability Program & Integration Plan in the Concept Phase
A Reliability Program and Integration Plan defines all of the reliability activities of a project including goals, methods of implementation, integration among each reliability activity, and schedule.
All too often, companies have a list of reliability activities they want to accomplish during a program, but the activities are not based on any goals and there is no plan on how to integrate them together. A good Reliability Program and Integration Plan can help solve this problem by defining the goals and then laying out a plan on what reliability activities to implement to achieve these goals.
The objective of a Reliability Program and Integration Plan is to plan out the reliability activities well enough to make the reliability goals realistic and achievable.
VALUE TO YOUR ORGANIZATION
A Reliability Program and Integration Plan is crucial at the beginning of the product life cycle because it is the document that defines:
- What elements of reliability will be used
- What are the goals for each element
- How to tie each of them together
An example of Reliability Integration during the Reliability Program and Integration Plan is as follows:
The Reliability Program and Integration Plan drives all of the rest of the Reliability Activities
The Reliability Program and Integration Plan will specify which tools to use, the goals of each, the schedules, and the deliverables. It will also specify how each fits together in this program for maximum effectiveness.
During the service, we shall take as input the Benchmarking and Gap Analysis. Then we take this information and use it to clearly define the requirements. We shall then roll these requirements into a comprehensive Reliability Program and Integration Plan. This plan shall be the roadmap to guide you through the rest of the process. When writing the Plan, we shall pick from our comprehensive list of services and choose not only which ones should be part of the program, but also outline how we shall integrate them together.
Once the plan is complete, we shall then execute the plan. Along the way, we shall teach, guide, and coach you in the process so that you will be able to lead the effort on your next product.
The following case studies and options provide example approaches. We shall tailor our approach to meet your specific situation.
First Reliability Program and Integration Plan
A Computer company had satisfactory reliability performance and had a small but effective set of reliability activities that were implemented on each product. They were going through a large amount of growth and were afraid of “losing the recipe.” For them, we documented a reliability program and came up with a set of concrete goals based on past performance. That way, they could keep the process repeatable.
Reliability Program and Integration Plan from Benchmarking Results
A Telecom company was developing their first product and hadn’t put much thought into a reliability strategy. For them, we benchmarked their product against existing products in the industry to develop a set of goals and tools to achieve these goals. Then we wrote a Reliability Program and Integration Plan around these.
Reliability Program and Integration Plans used for Reliability Improvement
A Medical company was having issues with reliability and needed a level of improvement for their next generation product. As part of the Reliability Program and Integration Plan, we specified the reliability tools and mapped them against the goals. Then we showed how we were going to integrate the tools together for maximum effectiveness. Each reliability analysis tool was mapped to a reliability test to show what analytical information could be carried forward into the testing to make the tests more effective.