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Defense Systems Information Analysis Center Tranistion

The Reliability Information Analysis Center (RIAC) has been consolidated into the Defense Systems Information Analysis Center (DSIAC) and is currently being transitioned to the DSIAC.

Please view the RMQSI section of the DSIAC website (https://www.dsiac.org/group/rmqsi)
for RIAC-related information.

The DSIAC will perform the functions of a DoD Information Analysis Center (IAC) in support of the following vital technical areas:

  • Weapon Systems
  • Survivability/ Vulnerability
  • Energetics
  • Advanced Materials
  • Military Sensing
  • Autonomous Systems
  • Directed Energy
  • Non-lethal Weapons

2015 Annual Reliability and Maintainability Symposium RAMS®

Palm Harbor, FL, January 26-29, 2015

Reliability is not just an attribute to be measured: it can be engineered into your products to provide an objective justification for customer confidence. The 2015 theme: “Unleashing R&M Knowledge”.

The Annual Reliability and Maintainability Symposium (RAMS®) is the premier event in the reliability, availability, and maintainability engineering disciplines. Combining tutorials, presentations, CEUs, certifications, and networking into one week-long program, the RAMS® delivers cutting edge information to all technical industries.

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Electronic Parts Reliability Databook

EPRD-2014 is the long-awaited 4-Volume Update to the Reliability Information Analysis Center (RIAC) EPRD-97 databook that contains updated field failure rate data for electronic components. It greatly expands the 2-Volume 1997 Edition of the databook by adding data for connectors, inductors/coils, optoelectronic devices, relays, switches and transformers to its previous coverage of capacitors, diodes, integrated circuits, resistors, transistors and thyristors. EPRD-2014 provides more comprehensive coverage of the major electronic component types used in the 217PlusTM System Reliability Assessment and MIL-HDBK-217F, Notice 2 Reliability Prediction methodologies.

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Welcome to the Reliability Information Analysis Center

2013 Product and Training Catalog Cover The Reliability Information Analysis Center(RIAC) 2013 Catalog of Products & Training is available for download.

This catalog is your complete guide to current and upcoming RIAC products and how to access RIAC services.
Download the 2013 Catalog of Products & Training.

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Defense Systems Information Analysis Center

The Reliability Information Analysis Center (RIAC) has been consolidated into the Defense Systems Information Analysis Center (DSIAC).

As part of the transition the RIAC Desk Reference has been moved to the DSIAC's website. The Blueprints for Product Reliability, Reliability Guidelines, and Reliability START Sheets can be viewed here:

All the RIAC Journal archives can be viewed here:

217Plus: RIAC's Reliability Prediction Methodology

217Plus is the long awaited update of the Center's commitment to develop a replacement prediction methodology for MIL-HDBK-217 "Reliability Prediction of Electronic Equipment," the widely used approach abandoned by the Government on 1995.

217Plus implements the models presented in the "Handbook of 217Plus™ Reliability Prediction Models".
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217Plus | Features | Technical Papers | FAQ | Knowledge Base | Consulting
Reliability and Maintainability Symposium EPRD-2014 2013 Catalog of Products & Training RIAC Desk Reference 217Plus

RIAC Announces the Release of its ‘Waste to Energy Conversion’ Publication

The Energy Act of 2005 mandated that all Department of Defense (DOD) facilities obtain 25% of their energy from renewable sources by the year 2025. Renewable energy sources include wind, solar, wave, geothermal, and hydrodynamic. One other source of "quasi" renewable energy is the use of waste to generate electricity or steam to power facilities.

In May 2012, RIAC released a new Handbook called "The Impact of Green Technology on System Reliability". This Handbook did not address energy from waste products. The "Waste to Energy Conversion" publication supplements the RIAC "GREEN" handbook and specifically addresses options to deal with waste from DOD facilities.

Expanded Applications of FMECA
Failure Mode, Effects and Criticality Analysis (FMECA) is a reliability evaluation/design technique that examines the potential failure modes within a system and its equipment, in order to determine the effects on equipment and system performance. Historically, FMECA practice has revolved around MIL-STD-1629A and has been primarily limited to hardware. This book expands the discussion of FMECA beyond the realm of the MIL-STD-1629A hardware approach. Commonly-used commercial standards (SAE J1739 and IEC 60812) are introduced. Hardware and Software FMECA (DFMEA), Process FMECA (PFMEA) and Human Systems Integration (HSI)-based PFMECA methods are discussed, with particular attention given to the process, required information, expected results and analysis alternatives. The concept of an Integrated FMECA (I-FMECA) is also introduced.

RIAC Publication Addresses the DoD Better Buying Power Initative
Realigning and refocusing Information Analysis Center (IAC) capabilities and products on defense system affordability, in conjunction with current DoD Better Buying Power initiatives, is an essential task for DoD and the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) leadership going forward. This new publication, “The Influence of Reliability, Maintainability, Quality, Supportability and Interoperability on System Affordability”, discusses how the effective application of Reliability, Maintainability, Quality, Supportability and Interoperability (RMQSI) tools and processes will ensure that essential warfighting capabilities are delivered that meet system suitability requirements at the most affordable cost. The publication describes how each of the RMQSI disciplines impacts the overall affordability of a system during the evolving phases of its life cycle. To be most effective, RMQSI processes and analyses must be initiated very early in the acquisition process, Pre-Milestone A, and continue throughout the system life cycle in order to create the greatest Return on Investment (ROI) and an optimal Ownership Cost (OC) and Total Life Cycle Cost (TLCC).

Information Analysis Centers work to preserve institutional knowledge within DoD

As government research and acquisition budgets get strained under sequestration, one Defense Department organization says it has a way to make sure those limited dollars go further — and it's been doing it, mostly under the public radar, for more than six decades.

DoD's Information Analysis Centers, part of the larger Defense Technical Information Center, have the job of collecting, analyzing and disseminating the department's knowledge about science, technology and business processes so that a new program manager doesn't have to reinvent the wheel when he or she is faced with a tough problem.

Christopher Zember, the director of DoD's Information Analysis Centers discusses the historical role of IACs, how they've evolved through the years, and ongoing changes designed to support DoD's Better Buying Power initiative.

Listen to the interview at http://www.federalnewsradio.com/

NAVSEA SD-18 "Parts Requirements and Application Guide"

The NAVSEA/Crane SD-18 "Parts Requirements and Application Guide" provides guidance when using military and commercial parts in military environments. It provides part acquisition guidelines for Program Managers, System Program Offices, and Original Equipment Manufacturers. SD-18 provides guidance on how the Department of Defense and its contractors can cooperatively select devices that will result in the lowest cost of ownership for the DoD in support of its Better Buying Power initiatives.

Pentagon Asserts Increased Value of DoD Information Analysis Centers During Times of Budgetary Uncertainty

DTIC Communications Team
3 June 2013

Fort Belvoir, VA – For more than 65 years, the Defense Department’s Information Analysis Centers (IACs) have provided an essential resource to affordably deliver data and analysis in support of the need for technical information supporting current operations. In a recent Federal Times article, Pentagon spokeswoman Maureen Schumann said the IACs allow the Pentagon “to reduce duplication and build on previous research, development and other technical needs.”

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Achieving System Reliability Growth
through Robust Design and Test

This new 3-day course, currently available to teach on-site, provides a complete overview of the reliability growth process associated with robust design and test techniques.  It defines the basic concepts of reliability growth and illustrates how these concepts can be most effectively applied using a variety of design and test methods.  Topics covered include reliability growth management, reliability growth through design (FMEA/FMECA, FTA, Reliability Physics/Physics of Failure, Accelerated Life Testing, and Orthogonal Defect Classification for Software) and reliability growth through test (FRACAS; reliability planning, tracking and projection models). The course also provides unique and innovative approaches that measure, quantify and improve the effectiveness of Design for Reliability (DFR) activities.

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The Impact of "Green" Technology on System Reliability

The Impact of “Green” Technology on System Reliability Cover Concerns with the limited supply of non-renewable resources form the impetus for the intense private, national and international efforts currently being applied toward the development of so-called 'green' technologies. There is the expectation that these technologies will be utilized in a manner that is compatible with the environment. The term 'green technology' has been commonly applied to a wide array of technologies and is often associated with renewable and/or sustainable energy sources, higher efficiency products, and low-toxicity/high re-use materials, where 'green' is meant to signify an intended harmony with nature. In the strictest interpretation, the term 'green technology' should only be applied to those technologies which present no negative impact on the environment; however few technologies can meet this standard.

The objective of the “Impact of 'Green' Technologies on System Reliability” Handbook is to identify the reliability considerations related to key green power generating technologies (solar, wind and geothermal), and to present methodologies and/or models useful in the identification and mitigation of reliability risks. Each topic is prefaced with a brief overview of the current technology and its intended applications, such that consequences of unreliable operation can be better appreciated. Where applicable, each topic includes a preview of key activities in the research and development of 'next generation' versions of the technology.