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Defense contractors like BAE Systems, Harris, Honeywell, L3, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon and their suppliers have found Qualmark’s technology to be an essential and cost-effective addition to their reliability programs.
Product reliability engineering is rapidly evolving, superseding military standards, handbooks, and references established decades ago and the military now seeks more modern, even commercially available solutions. The DOD, and especially through the efforts of the Department of Operational Test and Evaluation (DOT&E), is now driving initiatives and upping reliability standards to improve suitability of fielded systems. In 2009 the DOD adopted the standards in ANSI/GEIA – 0009, Reliability Program Standard for System Design, Development and Manufacturing, and in 2011, in his report to the National Academy of Science, the director of OT&E cited 16 important military suppliers that advocate use of Design for Reliability (DFR) activities. All but one are Qualmark customers.
The Army wants suppliers to “not view reliability as just a Mean Time Between Failure (MTBF) but instead focus on building a product that has a sufficiently failure-free operating period.” In the AMSAA (Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity) Reliability Best Practices guide, emphasis is placed on identifying failure mechanisms and taking corrective action to achieve design optimization, integrating Highly Accelerated Life Testing (HALT) and Highly Accelerated Stress Screening (HASS) as part of DOD supplier reliability programs.
Qualmark accelerated reliability test technology provides actionable data essential to a well designed, DFR-focused program that incorporates closed-loop Failure Reporting And Corrective Action System (FRACAS), Failure Modes and Effects Analysis (FMEA) and Reliability Growth Testing (RGT) as recommended by AMSAA