Parts Selection and Management

Course Overview
Course Outline
Past Customers
Related Links and Texts


Course Overview

This course presents an "eyes-on, hands-off" approach to parts selection and management, which enables companies to:

  • employ risk assessment and mitigation techniques to address technology insertion;
  • organize and conduct the fact-finding processes necessary to improve part quality, integrity, application-specific reliability, and cost effectiveness;
  • make an informed company wide decision about parts selection and management, based upon company resources, philosophy, goals, and customer demands;
  • choose parts to fit the functionality of the product, to satisfy system and assembly and design level constraints, and to match subsequent manufacturing and handling requirements;
  • understand and evaluate the part's actual "micro-environment" within a system, and then choose the correct technique to fit the part to its intended environmental requirements;
  • maximize system supportability by preparing for and meeting the challenge of parts becoming obsolete during system life, and
  • improve supply-chain interactions and communications with regulatory agencies in order to minimize time to profit.


Course Outline

1. Motivation for an overview of a new parts selection and management process

2. Initializing the parts selection and management process

      • identification of application-level requirements and constraints
      • technology sensing and cascading
      • candidate part selection

3. Part manufacturer, part quality and integrity, and distributor assessment

      • manufacturer quality assessment criteria
      • part quality and integrity assessment criteria
      • distributor quality assessment criteria

4. Determining the local environment

5. Performance assessment

      • understanding part temperature ratings
      • methods of using parts beyond the manufacturer-specified temperature ranges
      • legal liabilities

6. Reliability assessment

      • using manufacturer integrity to assess reliability
      • virtual qualification
      • accelerated testing

7. Life cycle obsolescence assessment

      • life cycle phases and their characteristics
      • technology trends driving obsolescence
      • impacts of obsolescence
      • device family trends
      • obsolescence management strategies

8. Management activities

      • risk cataloging
      • resources required to manage risk
      • impact of unmanaged risk


Past Customers

  • ASCO, A Division of Emerson - Hong Kong
  • COTS Conference - California
  • Emerson - Ohio; China
  • Hamilton-Sundstrand - Conneticut
  • Honeywell - Kansas
  • Hong Kong Productivity Council - China
  • IEEE - Massachusetts
  • Kollmorgen - Massachusetts
  • Microsoft - Washington
  • Nortel Networks - Canada
  • Rafael - Israel
  • Smiths Industries - United Kingdom
  • Technobit - Spain
  • Tubitak - Turkey


Related Links and Texts



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Bldg. 89, Rm. 1103
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742


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