do I need to do reliability prediction?
In today's very competitive electronic products market, a commitment to product quality and reliability is a necessity: customers have high expectations for the reliability of the products they buy, and the companies that don't meet those expectations lose. The American Electronics Association 1991 Productivity Survey rated product quality and reliability as the most important factor for success in high technology markets.
The most successful companies meet these market demands for quality by using design for reliability principles: integrate reliability considerations into the entire product design process, right from the start. This way reliability is designed into the product, not patched on later, when problems arise. The companies that practice design for reliability find that it results in fewer design changes and iterations, lower manufacturing costs, lower warranty and service costs, more profit, and, most importantly, happy customers.
An important element of the design for reliability process is reliability prediction, which allows you to predict product failure rates.
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