By Matthew Hu
Reliability is one of the most important characteristics of an engineering system. Reliability can be measured as robustness over time as a leading key performance indicator (KPI). Robustness thinking is essential to improve quality and reliability proactively by factoring the activities of design for reliability. Nothing can be substituted for thinking. Early robustness development in manufacturing can reduce the variability of those processes with valuable benefits to manufacturing yields, cycle time and costs. Product Development has a huge impact on revenue stream, reliability. It is most cost-effective and less time-consuming to make design insensitive to uncontrollable user environments in upfront design phase. Robustness development in Design for Reliability (DFR) process provides benefits in reduction of early-on physical testing and traditional test-fix-test cycles. Robustness achieved early in development enables shorter cycle times in the later design phases.