ASQ RRD Series webinar: Overview of Directed Acyclic Graphs (DAGs)

Thu, Oct 8, 2020 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT

Presenter: Robert Stoddard

DAGs are seen as a significant advancement in the realm of causal analysis by expanding the analysis boundaries and including essential influencers that are absent in other approaches. DAGs have proven their utility in application in mathematics, particularly graph theory, and computer science. Applying them to casual analysis enriches the practitioners ability to account for failure causes that historical record has revealed as being significant contributors. This overview will acquaint the attendee with DAGs and their potential contribution to the discipline of reliability.

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ASQ Statistics/RRD/Risk/Software Division Joint Webinar: Software Reliability Engineering: Algorithms and Tools

Tue, Nov 10, 2020 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST

Presenter: Lance Fiondella, Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Abstract: While there are many software reliability models, there are relatively few tools to automatically apply these models. Moreover, these tools are decades old and difficult or impossible to configure on modern operating systems, even with a virtual machine. To overcome this technology gap, we are developing an open source software reliability tool for the software and system engineering community. A key challenge posed by such a project is the stability of the underlying model fitting algorithms, which must ensure that the parameter estimates of a model are indeed those that best characterize the data. If such model fitting is not achieved, users who lack knowledge of the underlying mathematics may inadvertently use inaccurate predictions. This is potentially dangerous if the model underestimates important measures such as the number of faults remaining or overestimates the mean time to failure (MTTF). To improve the robustness of the model fitting process, we have developed expectation conditional maximization (ECM) algorithms to compute the maximum likelihood estimates of nonhomogeneous Poisson process (NHPP) software reliability models. This talk will present an implicit ECM algorithm, which eliminates computationally intensive integration from the update rules of the ECM algorithm, thereby achieving a speedup of between 200 and 400 times that of explicit ECM algorithms. The enhanced performance and stability of these algorithms will ultimately benefit the software and system engineering communities that use the open source software reliability tool. An overview of the Software Failure and Reliability Assessment Tool (SFRAT) will also be provided.

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ASQ RRD webinar series: Safety Technology Advancements for Autonomous Cars; Prospective of Manufacturing, Regulatory and Society

Thu, Sep 10, 2020 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT

Presenter: Mohammad Pourgolmohammad, Ph.D, PE, ASQ CRE, CSSBB, CMQ/OE

Autonomous vehicle (AV) navigation technology has been the prime focus of the most recent technology innovations. However, the industry’s advances on the issues of safety, risk, and reliability have been slow. Several accidents and near misses have already occurred, the mean distance driven to an unsafe condition, near miss or accident has been far shorter than the conventional road vehicles.  The concerns over safety, software reliability, security, hacking/misuse, and licensing are mounting. Given the vacuum in systematic safety, risk, and reliability considerations in this rapidly evolving technology, the convergence of many related resources involving academia, autonomous vehicle industry, insurance, and associated government agencies would be necessary to identify and address the safety technologies, society/policy, and regulatory developments needed. This presentation will give an overview on AV systems prospectives from i. reliability from manufacturing, ii. society/ethics, iii. regulatory and compliance, and iv. readiness of safety/risk analytical and simulation tools/techniques. From reliability and manufacturing, the presentation will focus on i. duty cycle and design life implications resulting from the AV cars usage rate increase, ii) reliability enhancements via redundancy architectures, and iii) prognostic health management of AV’s critical systems. From regulatory and authority required accident reporting, state of California (CA) is the only state requiring AV accident/risk experience be publicly reported. Other states permit AV testing with no reporting requirements. Social response that will likely emerge should autonomous cars be introduced.  Like other risky technologies, autonomous vehicles will contain embedded values.  By their decisions, engineers, scientists, designers, regulators, and developers all make choices that implicitly or explicitly enhance or discount certain cultural and societal values.  Thus, the technology will be inevitably be the subject of political discourse and debate. From safety/risk analysis tools, the questions arise like  “what is ‘acceptable risk?” and, do AVs need to be “as safe as” or “safer than” traditional vehicles? To answer these questions, the specifications of the autonomous vehicles (AVs) is analyzed with respect to their safety, reliability and security (SRS). A challenge in risk analysis is to identify everything that can go wrong. How can we deal with the unknown unknowns? There are various assessment techniques currently in place. Many of the current methods can still play a part in supporting SRS of autonomous systems; however, many areas require new modelling techniques to be developed. 


Dr. Mohammad Pourgol-Mohammad is a safety/reliability analyst in multidisciplinary systems analysis with Keurig Green Mountain and Associate Professor (adj) of Mechanical engineering at University of Maryland and was an Associate Professor of Reliability Engineering, with Sahand University of Technology (SUT). He received his Ph.D in Reliability Engineering from University of Maryland (UMD), and holds one M.Sc degree in Nuclear Engineering and another in Reliability Engineering from UMD. His undergraduate degree was in Electrical
Engineering. Dr Pourgol-Mohammad has more than 18 year of work experience including research and teaching in safety applications and reliability engineering at various institutions including Johnson Controls, Sahand University of Technology, FM Global, Goodman Manufacturing, UMD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of Zagreb-Croatia. He is a senior member of ASQ, ASME (currently ASME Safety Engineering and Risk/Reliability Analysis Division (SER2D) Chair), ANS and member of several technical committees and a registered Professional Engineer (PE) in Nuclear Engineering in States of Massachusetts. He is a certified reliability engineer (ASQ CRE), certified six sigma Black Belt (CSSBB) and Manager of Quality/Organization Excellence (ASQ CMQ/OE). He has authored more than 150 papers and reports on his researches and filed one US patent-pending. His efforts have been recognized with several awards.

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ASQ RRD webinar series: Reliability meets the necessary condition for LEAN

Thu, Aug 13, 2020 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM EDT

Presenter: David Auda

Lean manufacturing has been around for quite some time and has morphed over the years into variants like LEAN SIGMA, LEAN SIX SIGMA, LEAN AGILE, LEAN Thinking, LEAN Safe, LEAN Control, etc. By definition, LEAN is simply an approach to remove waste from what would be identified as a Value Stream. This presentation will focus on the fact that Reliability is a necessary condition for LEAN and will overview the relationship between the two disciplines, sharing some of the tools that Reliability incorporates to ensure that LEAN is effective doesn’t lose sight of the overall mission effectiveness of the enterprise.. This will be an interactive session through polls to allow the attendees to share their perspectives.

BIO: David is a senior Reliability engineer with experience in multiple industries, including but not limited to medical device development, instrument development, high volume manufacturing, energy, aerospace, commercial vehicles and powertrain development.

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On Jul 6, 2020  Carlos Parra presented the webinar: ”Aplicación integral de Técnicas de Auditorías y Benchmarking en los Procesos de Mantenimiento y Confiabilidad”


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ASQ RRD series webinar: Aplicación integral de Técnicas de Auditorías y Benchmarking en los Procesos de Mantenimiento y Confiabilidad

on Jul 6, 2020 5:15 PM CDT

Por Carlos Parra, PhD, Profesional Experto y educador de profesionales en Confiabilidad

ABSTRACTO O RESUMEN del tema a presentar

La efectividad de un proceso de integral de gestión del mantenimiento y de la confiabilidad operacional, sólo puede ser evaluada por el análisis exhaustivo de una amplia variedad de factores, que en su conjunto, constituyen la aportación del mantenimiento y de la confiabilidad operacional dentro de un modelo de gestión de activos industriales. Estos procedimientos de evaluación se denominan con el término de “Auditorías”, las cuales, se pueden definir como una “revisión sistemática de una actividad o de una situación para evaluar el cumplimiento de un conjunto de objetivos claves de un proceso de producción”.

Es importante señalar, que no hay fórmulas simples para “medir” los factores claves que afectan las áreas de mantenimiento y de la confiabilidad operacional, tampoco hay reglas fijas o inmutables con validez para siempre y en todos los casos. Los resultados de las técnicas de auditorías aplicadas al diagnóstico de los procesos claves del mantenimiento y de la confiabilidad, deben ayudar a mejorar la rentabilidad del sistema de producción y a disminuir la incertidumbre en la toma de decisiones bajo el enfoque integral de la Gestión de Activos (Normas de referencia: UNE 16646 e ISO 55000).

En síntesis, el siguiente artículo, describe la importancia de los procesos de auditoría y se presenta de forma objetiva, el proceso de interpretación y análisis de los indicadores de Benchamrking en Mantenimiento. Finalmente, se presentan los detalles técnicos (incluyendo casos reales de aplicación) de algunas técnicas de auditoría: MES (Maintenance Effectiveness Survey) y AMORMS (Asset Management, Operational Reliability & Maintenance Survey), utilizadas a nivel mundial para evaluar el desempeño de los indicadores claves del mantenimiento y de la confiabilidad dentro del ciclo de vida útil de un activo industrial.

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