ASQ RRD series webinar: Fault Tree Analysis as a Means to Promote Safety

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On Thu, Jun 10 Jennifer B. Akers presented: 

ASQ RRD series webinar: Fault Tree Analysis as a Means to Promote Safety


Designing safe products and systems is critical to reduce accident risk and minimize product liability. There are various reliability and quality analysis methodologies used to ensure safety including risk analysis techniques such as fault tree analysis (FTA), failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA), and others. This webinar focuses on providing an introductory look at FTA and its role in promoting safety. We review basics about fault tree analysis, including what it is, its history, its uses and advantages. A thorough review of qualitative and quantitative FTA results, including minimal cut sets (MCS), quantitative metrics such as unavailability, and importance measures, is included. The presentation concludes with guidance on how FTA qualitative and quantitative results can be used to design inherently safer products and systems.

Jennifer Akers is an Education Development Specialist with Relyence Corporation. She is responsible for training services and technical support offered by Relyence. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Lafayette College. Jennifer has over 20 years of experience in the reliability and quality fields. Her work has spanned software development, quality assurance, technical support, and education and training for reliability and quality software tools. She has co-authored several papers and tutorials on topics such as closed loop corrective action, fault tree analysis, and warranty analysis.

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