High Mtbf

Written by Kevin Tavolaro
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If you're looking to measure reliability in your system, you want to search for a system with a high MTBF. If you don't know what MTBF is, it stands for mean time between failures. As the name suggests, this is a way for scientists and engineers to predict the reliability of a system over time.

If you want to determine if a system has a high MTBF you can check with the manufacturer for a rating. If one is not available, you can calculate MTBF in a system several different ways. You can review the reliability rates of the components of the system to create a general life expectancy rate for the overall system. If this is too broad a measurement, or you need a more specific definition for compliance purposes, there are several other ways to measure MTBF.

The Value of Measuring for High MTBF in a System

If you want to determine if a system has a low or a high MTBF, you can measure the effectiveness of a single part over a specific period of time. You simply divide number of failures for that part by the amount of time. Many people take the MTBF rate as a guarantee of life expectancy. Unfortunately, it's impossible to predict with absolute certainty the life cycle of any system. There are simply too many variables to achieve 100 percent accuracy.

You can make some broad conclusions from the mean time between failures in a system. These generalizations may help consumers and industry professional alike when it comes time to invest in a new system. You can find more information about high MTBF as well as electrostatic power supplies, power reducers, and industry wide specifications by contacting a local power supplies specialist in your area.


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