Highly Accelerated Stress Audits (HASA)

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Highly Accelerated Stress Audits (HASA) - short version

A technique in which a sample of parts (as opposed to 100% of the production as in HASS,) is subjected to stresses similar to the levels and duration for HALT. In monitoring the production process, the intent of HASA is to detect slight shifts in the attributes of the product so corrective actions can be taken and implemented before the performance of outgoing product approaches the specifications.

Highly Accelerated Stress Audits (HASA) - long version

HASA (highly accelerated stress audit) is a proven test method developed to find manufacturing/production process induced defects in electronics and electro-mechanical assemblies before those products are released to market. HASA is a form of HASS – a powerful testing tool for improving product reliability, reducing warranty costs and increasing customer satisfaction.

Whereas HASS is defined as: "highly accelerated stress screening: Used to improve the robustness/reliability of a product through test-fail-fix process where the applied stresses may be beyond the specified operating limits (OL) determined by HALT(highly accelerated life test). This is applied to 100% of the manufactured units." HASA is an audit of the manufactured units and can be used where HASS has determined that process has achieved statistical control.

There are 3 parts to HASA testing:

1. HASS development/proof-of-screen (POS)

2. HASS production screen

3. HASA production audit

Since HASS levels are more aggressive than conventional screening tools, a POS procedure is used to establish the effectiveness in revealing production induced defects. A POS is vital to determine that the HASS stresses are capable of revealing production defects, but not so extreme as to remove significant life from the test item. Instituting HASS to screen the product is an excellent tool to maintain a high level of robustness and it will reduce the test time required to screen a product resulting in long term savings. Ongoing HASS screening assures that any weak components or manufacturing process degradations are quickly detected and corrected. HASS is not intended to be a rigid process that has an endpoint. It is a dynamic process that may need modification or adjustment over the life of the product.

HASS aids in the detection of early life failues. HASA's primary purpose is to monitor manufacturing and prevent any defects from being introduced during the process. A carefully determined HASA sampling plan must be designed that will quickly signal when process quality has been degraded.



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