latent failure

latent failure

[‚lāt·ənt ′fāl·yər]
(navigation)
An undetected degradation in the operation of a navigational aid.
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Knowledge of these latent failure types could also be used as the basis for the improvement and design of incident reporting systems.
The result is either immediate damage, or catastrophic failure of the device, but most often results as a latent failure that ultimately causes the device to fail.
If a latent failure occurs after the product is established in its market it is still possible to judge the effect of further failures and make the appropriate decision.
Ground loops can cause latent failure or immediate destruction of serial cards and other system components.
At the same time we are rebuilding an entire subway tunnel, we are fighting back against latent failures unseen failures brought on by the storm that are waiting to happen and reduced lifespan of components system wide.
ceramic chip capacitors) or solder joints (such as BGA balls) that may not be caught during product testing, but manifest themselves as latent failures in the field.
It is essential that latent failures in systems are addressed as a priority, including the problems germane to most of our state health institutions, namely understaffing, ageing infrastructure, overcrowding, inadequate remuneration and lack of supervision.
Previously, there were no procedures to adequately inspect the 14th stage vanes in order to detect latent failures.
Patankar (aviation science, Saint Louis University) looks at moral and ethical attitudes underlying the types of decisions that perpetuate many of the latent failures in safety-critical systems.
They said: ``We observed many latent failures, `accidents waiting to happen' in this study.
According to human error expert James Reason, latent failures are the delayed-action consequences of decisions taken in the upper echelons of the organization (the "blunt end"), such as: