Experiencing recurring nonconformances that threaten deliveries and
profitability? Process yields below 100% and your in-house experts are
stymied? Need a fresh set of eyes?
In addition to our Systems Failure Analysis and Root Cause
Corrective Action training programs,
Berk and Associates performs product and process failure analyses to assist
clients on site, in the field, and where expert witness support is
Our approach is comprehensive, objective, and rapid. We perform fault
tree analyses to identify all potential failure causes. We then
systematically and objectively evaluate each hypothesized failure cause using a
J.H. Berk and Associates-developed Failure Mode Assessment and Assignment matrix. J.H. Berk and Associates uses a blend of technologies to
evaluate all potential failure modes, including design of experiments
techniques, inspections, documentation evaluations, "what's different"
analyses, statistical analyses, optical and electronic microscopy, materials
analyses, film and video analysis, and other techniques.
Our failure analysis experience includes munitions systems, aircraft systems,
environmental control systems, aerial refueling equipment, material handling
equipment, aircraft structural components, biomedical devices, and many other complex
systems. We help developers and manufacturers quickly take yields
up to 100%.
This military helicopter blade (one of
the most advanced in the world) experienced a 50% to 70% rejection rate
and a shorter-than-specified service life during its entire 20-year
production history. Systems Failure Analysis techniques
identified the root cause to be inadequate bondline width (a condition
allowed by the technical data package). Tightened production
tolerances and tool control increased the yield to 100% without the need
for technical data package modifications.
Our failure analyses include comprehensive illustrated failure analysis
reports. Our clients have experienced a 100% failure analysis report
acceptance rate by their customers. Please review our technical paper on Systems