Title: Reliability specification in new product development

Authors: T. Osteras, M. Rausand, D.N.P. Murthy

Addresses: Department of Production and Quality Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NO-7491 Trondheim, Norway. ' Department of Production and Quality Engineering, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NO-7491 Trondheim, Norway. ' Division of Mechanical Engineering, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, QLD 4072, Australia

Abstract: Building in reliability into a new product is costly and the implication of unreliability costlier. Determining the desired reliability performance, and defining the specifications that will achieve it, is a challenging topic in new product development. In an earlier paper, the authors developed a conceptual model for decision-making with regard to product performance and specification in a general context. In this paper, the model is used to describe the process of establishing the desired reliability performance and deriving the reliability specifications that will ensure the desired performance.

Keywords: reliability performance; reliability specifications; new product development; NPD; conceptual modelling.

DOI: 10.1504/IJPD.2008.016368

International Journal of Product Development, 2008 Vol.5 No.1/2, pp.17 - 38

Published online: 22 Dec 2007 *

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