Every parent is concerned when a child is slow to become a mature adult. This is also true for any product designer, regardless of their industry sector. For a product to be mature, it must have an expected level of reliability from the moment it is put into service, and must maintain this level throughout its industrial use.
While there have been theoretical and practical advances in reliability from the 1960s to the end of the 1990s, to take into account the effect of maintenance, the maturity of a product is often only partially addressed.
Product Maturity 1 fills this gap as much as possible; a difficult exercise given that maturity is a transverse activity in the engineering sciences; it must be present throughout the lifecycle of a product.
1. Sampling in Manufacturing.
2. Compliance Test.
3. Non-Regression Tests.
4. Zero-Failure Reliability Demonstration.
5. Reliability Management.
6. Confirmation of Maturity.
Franck Bayle is an electronic engineer by training. He has practiced for almost 15 years, working at Crouzet and then at Thalès in Valence, France. He has also worked in reliability and maturity.
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