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Re: failure mode engineering

I may be dead shortly after posting this, but the rest of you need to know this. What happens to me afterwards is of no consequence.

Most of the larger industrial manufacturers employ EE's, ME's, CE's etc. in the darkest, most secret part of their systems: FAILURE MODE ENGINEERING.

For every $5 spent on R&D, another $4 is spent on insuring that the item will fail or become unusable within the designated time span for that item. For instance; the auto industry spent nearly $25,000,000 to develope mure durable break pads. They spent nearly $20,000,000 to develope rotors that wear out faster from these more durable pads. Net income for more frequent replacement: $50,000,000 / yr.

The seal tape used on CDs was FME'd by 3M. They needed an adhesive product that would cause damage to the contents, in nearly 35% of the packaging it was used on. It took them over 3 yrs to fully develop and implement a tough, nearly untearable plastic tape and the polyoxysalyic adhesive that is resistant to most common (read will not damage the contents of the package) cleaners and solvants. This adhesive is now used in nearly 90% of the products w/ plastic or glass materials, from which the adhesive is nearly impossible to remove w/o damaging the product itself. Net profits from this work amount to nearly $250,000,000 / yr. in replacement sales from product ruined by the end user.

Just thot you'd like to know.


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