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Detailed review of: 

Applied Reliability and Quality: Fundamentals, Methods and Procedures





Springer-Verlag Berlin, Heidelberg




Balbir Singh Dhillon




Applied Reliability and Quality: Fundamentals, methods and Procedures


Year of Publication














Krishna B. Misra




Review published in IJPE, Vol. 5, No. 4, July 2009, p. 400. 


The book consists of 11 chapters as follows:

Chapter 1


 11 Pages

Chapter 2

Reliability and Quality Mathematics

 17 Pages

Chapter 3

Introduction to Reliability and Quality

 27 Pages

Chapter 4

Robot Reliability

 20 Pages

Chapter 5

Medical Equipment Reliability

 18 Pages

Chapter 6

Power System Reliability

 18 Pages

Chapter 7

Computer and Internet Reliability

 21 Pages

Chapter 8

Quality in Health Care

 14 Pages

Chapter 9

Software Quality

 14 Pages

Chapter 10

Quality Control in the Textile Industry

 10 Pages

Chapter 11

Quality Control in the Food Industry

 13 Page


Bibliography: Literature on Applied Reliability and Quality
A1: Introduction
A2: Publications (Total of 857 with numbers area-wise as follows)

 51 Pages


A2.1 to A2.8 on Quality in Health Care (50), Internet Reliability (67), Quality Control in the Food Industry (86), Quality Control in the Textile Industry (52), Software Quality (305) , Robot Reliability (76), Power System Reliability (200), Medical Equipment Reliability (21), respectively.
The number of publications cited in each area is given in parentheses.


Author Biography

 1 page


 4 pages


The book begins with a dedication to Professor Stavros Tavoularis for helping the author to trace his ancient Scythian ancestry and for challenging the author to write 30 books.


So the author has knack of writing books. As the Series Editor, Prof. Hoang Pham points out in his Foreword to this volume (which was one of the earlier volumes of the series), the book has four parts. The first part contains 56 pages of fundamentals of probability and statistics and introduction to quality and reliability. The second part contains introductory and standard reliability methodologies to various areas of applications, which the author thinks are important. In fact, the author himself has written specific books on the subject of discussed in individual chapters. For example, the author has written a book on Medical Device Reliability and Associated Areas, published by CRC Press in 2000 and Robot Reliability and Safety, published by Springer in 1991. The third part comprises fundamentals of quality control and assurance as applied to some selected areas. The last part consists of 51 pages (out of the total of 246 pages of the book) of listing of 857 publications in the 8 areas of reliability and quality applications as covered in the book, although at the end of each chapter the author does provide a list of references. The author claims in his preface that that "there is no book that covers both applied reliability and quality within its framework". This is an introductory book on the subject and should appeal to beginners or junior students who would like to know what exists in the literature in the areas covered by this book.  At the end of each chapter, a set of problems are given which may be useful to the students of reliability and quality.

Krishna B. Misra


Review published in the International Journal of Performability Engineering Vol.5, No.4, July, 2009, p. 400. 


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