To ensure high product reliability, degrading in the failure data over the life cycle of product is necessary. However, many manufacturers are unable to take advantage of these valuable failure data because of the deficiencies in the data infrastructure.
As a result, this thesis will examine the following issues:
1. The used of reliability data to improve product reliability. This requires a good understanding of various topics in reliability theory such as product reliability, detailed description of reliability data, the use of qualitative and quantitative data.
2. The literature dealing with reliability databases including, the good and bad features of different databases. Th22ese are also featured in the case studies of Amway Corporation, Ford Company and Department of National Defence.
3. The development of a proper system for an efficient reliability database and management. With the implementation of such a system, it will reduce time wastage resulting from inaccessibility of data. In addition, the reliability of products is improved.
It is hoped that this thesis will provide manufacturers a proper guidelines when establishing reliability databases and avoid mistakes made by others. Apart from the advantages that are mentioned in the thesis, it is likely that new advantages will come to light once the database is established.