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RMMR abstracts submission Due 31th of May,2019

Submit an abstract and stand out between other Reliability professionals.

The RMMR – ‘Reliability, Maintenance & Managing Risk’ conference will be an excellent learning experience and a fun event recognizing the efforts of the volunteers and professionals who have brought you 50 years of excellence in reliability.

Abstracts for 25-minute presentations are welcome on topics related to the conference theme”RMMR – Reliability, Maintenance & Managing Risk – the past 50 years, the next 50 years”
Abstracts should be limited to 250 words and describe the “problem” and/or the topic addressed, the applied methodology, the findings and conclusions.
Be sure to include: Title – Keywords – Abstract – Name of authors and their affiliation, email and phone no.
If the submit button doesn’t work, please email the abstract to Submit Abstract

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RMMR Oct 15-16-17, 2019 Pre and post courses on Oct 14-18

For whom intends to visit the RMMR conference, October 15-16-17, 2019
There are some interesting courses pre and post the conference.

Monday courses October 14, 2019:
– Accelerated Testing – Problems, Mysteries and Solutions (by Jim McLinn)
– Practical Development and Application of Risk Management Frameworks (by JD Solomon)

Friday courses October 18, 2019:
– Weibull ​Analysis ​in ​the ​Real ​World (by Jim Breneman)
– Capital Asset Management / Critical Asset Strategy (by David Auda)

Link to course information

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On Apr 11, 2019 Terrence O’Hanlon presented “What is Reliability?”

below a link to the recorded video of the webinar.

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ASQ RRD Series: La Profesión de Confiabilidad (Reliability), tendencias

ASQ RRD Series: La Profesión de Confiabilidad (Reliability), tendencias on May 27, 2019 11:00 AM EDT at:

Speaker: Norma Antunano


En este Webinar se comparte como las prácticas de Confiabilidad “Reliability” y de manejo de Riesgo son factores importantes independientemente del tipo de organización. La evolución tecnológica ha ido influyendo cambios en nuestros vidas a un ritmo más rápido que diez o más años atrás. Al mismo tiempo, nuestras expectativas en Confiabilidad en productos y servicios se mantienen o se han ido incrementado a como los nuevos riesgos, retos, y oportunidades se presentan en las áreas profesionales o en la vida a nivel personal. Usando aplicaciones breves, cómo las áreas cubiertas en la certificación de Ingeniera de Confiabilidad nos ayudan a analizar situaciones reales y prácticas desde la fase de diseño hasta la etapa de servicio (durante el ciclo de vida del producto o servicio) considerando los fundamentos de ciencia que soportan las áreas de confiabilidad y de manejo de riesgo, con efectividad y siendo proactivo. Independientemente si usted es nuevo a la profesión o tiene experiencia, le invitamos a identificar cual puede ser su oportunidad en avanzar la práctica soportando nuestra confiabilidad en los productos y servicios, así como en la práctica de manejar riesgo.

Biografía breve
Norma ha practicado la profesión de Calidad, ingeniería de confiabilidad, y en las áreas de negocio global por más de 20 años trabajando para Medtronic, Honeywell, Motorola, Broadcom, HP, empresas start-up, y agencias del gobierno. Ella ha sido responsable por transformaciones en los servicios IT en organizaciones Fortune 500, ejecutado y asesorado diversidad de proyectos ingenieriles y de negocio aplicando métodos de “lean six sigma”, técnicas de ingeniería de calidad y confiabilidad. Norma es Ingeniero certificado en Reliability, Software y Calidad por ASQ, Master Six Sigma Black Belt, Fellow de ASQ, y miembro del grupo IEEE desarrollando los estándares relacionados a la administración de los sistemas y recursos Cloud (Cloud Federation). Ella ha sido evaluador del programa quality.

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On Apr 11, 2019 Terrence O’Hanlon presented “What is Reliability?”

below a link to the slides of the webinar, recording will be put online later.



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Answers to CRE questions in March 2019 Newsletter

1. X and Y are discrete random variables. The probability that X = 3 is 0.20 and the probability that Y = 4 is 0.30. The probability of observing that X = 3 and Y = 4 concurrently is closest to:
a. 0.06
b. 0.
c. 0.50
d. Cannot answer with the information provided.

2. The probabilities that three students will earn an A on an exam are 0.20, 0.25, and 0.30, respectively. If each student’s performance is independent of that of the other two students, the probability that all three students will earn an A is closest to:
a. 0.0150
b. 0.0075
c. 0.0010
d. 0.7500

3. The following table summarizes the availability of trucks with air bags and bucket seats at a dealership.
What is the probability of randomly selecting a truck with air bags and bucket seats?

a. 0.34
b. 0.57
c. 0.28
d. 0.16

4. The lower limit of a normal distribution is:
a. negative one
b. zero
c. one
d. negative infinity

5. Approximately 50 percent of all observations for a normally distributed random variable fall in the interval:
a. μ ± 2σ
b. μ ± 0.67σ
c. μ ± σ
d. μ ± 3σ

6. A depot receives an average of two engines per day to repair. The probability that they will receive 20 engines in 8 days is:
a. 3.66%
b. 16.56%
c. 6.40%
d. 5.59%

7. The approximate 99% confidence interval for the population mean based on a sample of 60 returns with a mean of 7% and a sample standard deviation of 25% is closest to:
a. 1.546% to 13.454%
b. 0.546% to 13.454%
c. -1.59% to 15.589%
d. 1.584% to 14.584%

8. What is the computed value of the test statistic that follows an F-distribution when sample variances are equal and the level of significance is 0.10?
a. 0.90
b. 0.05
c. 1.00
d. 0.10

9 A survey is taken to determine whether the average starting salaries of Reliability engineers is equal to or greater than $59,000 per year. What is the test statistic given a sample of 135 new Reliability engineers with a mean starting salary of $64,000 and a standard deviation of $5,500?
a. -0.91
b. -10.56
c. 10.56
d. 0.91

10. You have collected monthly returns to depot and want to test the null hypothesis that the standard deviation exceeds the advertised standard deviation of 3.5%. The most appropriate test statistic is based on
a. chi-square test
b. t-test
c. F-test
d. z-test

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RMMR website is live!

Come join us in celebrating 50 years of the ASQ Reliability & Risk Division!

The conference will feature an extraordinary program, keynote speakers, recognition events, a banquet, and optional pre and post-conference courses.
This conference will be an excellent learning experience and a fun event recognizing the efforts of the volunteers who have brought you


Call for Abstracts are due May 31, 2019. Refer to submittal information at

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On Thu, Mar 14, 2019 Philip Volna and Denis Potapenko presented “The Future of XR (cross/mixed Reality) in Business: Innovations, Strategies, and Use Cases”

As the Augmented Reality (AR) / Virtual Reality (VR) / Mixed-Crossed Reality (XR) industry expands, there are a lot of opportunities for both big companies and startups to realize a competitive advantage. Real life problems that once were out of reach can now be tackled with advanced digital technologies. For some, these opportunities can become a life mission while for others they will become strong selling points. During the webinar, we will highlight some of the market opportunities and strategies that we have identified and have been engaged in. Examples of AR/VR/XR use cases will be shared to help innovators generate creative ideas on how to take advantage of this quickly expanding market. We will share what appear to be the fastest growing industries adopting this approach and how gaining the right perspective can overcome formidable challenges while at the same time improving profit margins.

Below a link with the slides of this webinar.

The Future of XR_ Webinar

Links of interest from webinar:

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On Thu, Feb 14, 2019 Timothy M. Hicks, PE and Roch J. Shipley, PhD, PE, FASM presented “Testing Techniques – Making Evidence Based Decisions”

Testing is a very broad topic. Various types of tests are performed throughout the life cycle of a product or component. These tests range from:

Pre-production testing
Audit testing to verify production intent
Reliability testing once a product is in production
The focus of this presentation will be on reliability testing and to provide an overview of the types of tests that are available, what specific tests are utilized for, and provide examples of successfully implemented tests.

When a product does not perform as expected, the process of finding the reason why is commonly referred to as failure analysis. Materials and components do not really “fail”; they may fracture when overloaded or when corrosion is involved due to an aggressive environment. These failures can be attributed to either design related issues or inappropriate application or use. Therefore, the only “failure” is a failure to meet expectations. Materials characterization and testing is a critical element of the failure analysis process. Categories of the materials characterization testing techniques that will be discussed include:

Plastics / Polymer Analysis
Metals Analysis
Coatings / Surface Analysis
Corrosion Analysis

Find the slides here Testing Techniques – Making Evidence Based Decisions

Timothy M. Hicks, PE
Mechanical Engineer
BS – Michigan Technological University
MS – Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Industry – 35 years experience
27 years in design, testing, and manufacturing
8 years in engineering consulting

Roch J. Shipley, PhD, PE, FASM
Materials Engineer
BS and PhD – Illinois Institute of Technology
Industry – 38 years experience
10 years in manufacturing and corporate research
28 years in engineering consulting

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ASQ RRD Series: Understanding Risk to Improve Management Systems

May 9, 2019 12:00 PM EST

Speaker: Fatema Tuz Zohra

Registration URL:

Understanding Risk to Improve Management Systems is a critical element of Reliability. The short definition of Reliability being “Mission Effectiveness”, this presentation speaks to the ability to ensure the effectiveness of the processes that manage the development and delivery of products/services through an appreciative analysis of the management systems. ISO 9001:2015 is the standard used to implement an effective management system. The objective of the presentation is to elaborate on the core-concepts and implementation of Risk-Based Decision Making. Additionally, developing a culture of risk based thinking (RBT) is a strategic imperative for an organization pursuing continuous improvement.

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