Basic Concepts, Quality and Reliability Assurance of Complex Equipment and Systems

  • Alessandro Birolini


The purpose of reliability engineering is to develop methods and tools to evaluate and demonstrate reliability, maintainability, availability, and safety of components, equipment, and systems, as well as to support development and production engineers in building in these characteristics. In order to be cost and time effective, reliability engineering must avoid bureaucracy, be integrated in project activities, and support quality assurance and concurrent engineering efforts. This chapter introduces basic concepts, shows their relationships, and discusses the tasks necessary to assure quality and reliability of complex equipment and systems with high quality and reliability requirements. A comprehensive list of definitions is given in Appendix Al. Standards for quality management systems are discussed in Appendix A2. Refinements of management aspects are given in Appendices A3 — A5 for the cases in which tailoring is not mandatory.


Preventive Maintenance Total Quality Management Logistical Support Reliability Requirement Reliability Engineering 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alessandro Birolini
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Arrigo-MoscianoScandicci (FI), TuscanyItaly
  2. 2.Swiss Federal Institute of TechnologyZürichSwitzerland

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