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Consulting Services

There is more to a lab than just hardware. A lab is governed by human expertise and experience. Through our Consulting Services, we are committed to working with you to create solid test strategies for your product while freeing up your valuable engineering staff to focus on their core competencies and new product development rather than bogging them down with reliability planning. Reliability is our business – we not only understand test planning and procedure development, but we know what data needs to be gathered and how to document it. We also have the tools and expertise to transform that data into relevant and accurate reliability predictions and analyses. Why try to figure out product reliability requirements on you own when you can take advantage of a partner with resources and expertise like ARL? When you partner with us you can take advantage of the following consultancy services:

Life Predictions & Design Analysis

A good reliability prediction looks at the whole of your product and at each component piece. After all of the manufacturing specifications are analyzed, we can provide you with an accurate idea of your perspective failure rate and Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) prediction. If your product is new, or you have made significant changes in the design, you may not have any field data to base your predictions on. In these cases, the accepted technique for calculating MTBF is to use the widely-recognized Telecordia or Military models.

Test Planning

Our experience and expertise help simplify the complex task of Test Planning. A reliability test must be intelligently planned to be successful. A poorly designed test will miss inherent weaknesses in a product that fail in application, causing warranty and customer dissatisfaction. In order to identify product weaknesses as early as possible, reliability planning should begin at the design concept, proceed through pre-hardware prediction and failure effects analysis, to qualitative testing of the hardware at Beta and production levels.

Test Procedure & Development

When it comes to providing product reliability Test Procedures & Development, look no further than ARL. The development, drafting and finalization of internal test procedures to be performed on your products are vital to a project’s success. Let our experience guide you to the appropriate test standards and procedures for the detailed analysis you need. We have already written numerous procedures that can be adapted to your product, or we can create an entirely new one based on sound engineering principles.

Life & Test Data Analysis

After investing the time and resources to obtain product quality and reliability data, it is necessary to perform an effective analysis to derive useful information from the data. We can perform the analyses to provide you with the information you need, presented the way you need it.

Failure Analysis

The results of a failure, particularly an electrical one are usually spectacular. It is often easy to see exactly which part failed. It is harder to reconstruct the circumstances that led to the failure in the first place, but necessary for the root cause to be found. At ARL, we have a vast amount of experience in finding root causes during test procedure failures, and we can use this experience to diagnose your product.

Reliability Training

Whether you need a complete understanding of reliability principles or a refresher course on a specific piece of equipment, ARL can create a custom course to give you the knowledge you need. We can train you at your location, or setup a classroom to accommodate whatever size group you require. We will provide an electronic presentation as well as hard copy materials to your students, so that they can reference it whenever they need. Set up a training with us today and let our experts provide you with the knowledge you need for a successful product launch.

 

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About ARL

Recognized as one of the top product reliability labs in the country with a unique balance of testing, consulting and on-site staffing services, Austin Reliability Labs (ARL) is a place where we recognize the hard work and passion that went into the design and development of your product. We have that same passion for excellence, and want to find any problems that your product may have in an effort to perfect it. We also understand that a reputation is something that builds over time, and we support that by making long-term partnerships with our clients. With that in mind, we not only specialize in writing and developing all of the tests that we perform, but, unlike other labs, we also provide pass / fail reports on all of our tests and decipher the results for you in order maximize your product’s success.