MESSAGE FROM THE FOUNDER
Happy Holidays and welcome to our 24th quarterly newsletter. Our newsletter comes out the first week of March, June, September, and December. Comments and suggestions are always welcome.
My book "How Reliable Is Your Product: 50 Ways to Improve Your Product Reliability" is due out on January 1st and is available for Pre-Release Purchase at a 15% discount. You can preview the First 3 Chapters at How Reliable Is Your Product or you can go to the Featured Service section below.
Clients ask us often how to evaluate their reliability program. The best method is a Reliability Assessment. We created this quick Self-Assessment tool you can use to get a baseline of your reliability program. See the Problem Solver section for a special offer if you take our Self-Assessment.
Last month was our Medical Reliability month where we had 3 great events around medical reliability - a webinar, a presentation at the BIOMEDevice Show, and our successful Medical Device Open House. We will close our Medical Reliability month with an article by Ops A La Carte's medical reliability guru Chet Haibel entitled "Two Medical Device Development Tips"
The rest of last quarter was equally busy between conferences, events, and tons of new business. We have seen a huge upswing in the demand for our consulting, testing, and educational services.
In January, I will be going to Taiwan, China, and Japan to visit clients and give presentations. See the seminars section for more details.
At the end of January, we will be at RAMS giving a record 8 presentations among all our consultants.
Also, we just released our free webinar series calendar where we will be giving a free webinar each month.
And our new 2011 Education Schedule is now available including our annual reliability symposium. You can also view all of our events on our google calendar below.
We hope you enjoy the following newsletter. Our next newsletter will come out March 1st. Thank you for your continued support and interest.
- Mike Silverman, Managing Partner/Founder
Event: Webinar/Seminar on Lead Free Future Challenges
Register: To sign-up for the free live seminar at Celestica, Toronto, please email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Event: Webinar on Profitability Through Business Excellence in the Product Realization Process
Register: The sign-up link for the free webinar is: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/823924315
Event: Seminar at Toyo in Tokyo
Event: Seminar on Testing at NTS
2011 Free Webinar Series - First Tuesday of Each Month 11:30am-1pm PST
About Event: On the first Tuesday of each month, we will bring you a free webinar topic. Below is our current line-up for the first half of 2011. We will publish a registration page as we get closer to each event.
Tuesday February 1st - Soft Errors in Modern Memory Technology, by Ops A La Carte's Charlie Slayman
Tuesday March 1st - Warranty, Reliability, and Serviceability – How the 3 Tie Together, by Ops A La Carte, Innovation Blue, and the Hartsfield Company.
Tuesday April 5th - Solar Reliability– Reliability Challenges in the Solar Industry, by Ops A La Carte and Concurrent Design
Tuesday May 3rd - Design for 6 Sigma (DfSS) and Design for Reliability (DfR) – Similarities and Differences, by Ops A La Carte
Tuesday June 7th - How to Use HALT with Prognostics, by Ops A La Carte and the Ridgetop Group
Course: Certified Reliability Engineer (CRE) Preparation Course
(for those out of area, course is now offered via internet)
Description: The Certified Reliability Engineer is a professional who understands the principles of product reliability. We have been offering this Exam Preparation Course for over 12 years. Students have found it very valuable in preparing for the exam. Even if you are not planning on taking the exam but need a good, in-depth course in Reliability Engineering, this can benefit you substantially.
Course Webpage: CRE Course by Ops A La Carte
For information on other course offerings go to: Ops A La Carte Schedule
All our courses are offered as in-house tailored seminars. To view a list of all our seminars, go to Ops A La Carte Course List
Tour/Event: Ops to Visit Taiwan, China, and Japan in January
- January 3-7 Taiwan
If you have any divisions of your company or vendors in these areas who you think would benefit from a visit, Mike would be happy to stop by and meet with them.
Event: Reliability, Maintainability, and Availability Symposium (RAMS)
Ops will have a booth at this event and will be giving the following Tutorials, Technical Presentations, and Panel DiscussionsTUTORIALS
- Introduction to RAM Management by Fred Schenkelberg
- Effective Reliability Program Traits by Fred Schenkelberg
- System Safety Engineering by Dev Raheja
- How to Effectively Implement DFR and DFSS in a Systems Eng Environment by Fred Schenkelberg
For more info, please
Event: Components for Military and Space Electronics (CMSE)
- Soft Errors in Modern Memory Technology by Charlie Slayman
Event: Implantable Medical Device Design for Reliability
IEEE Reliability Society Monthly Talks - 1st Thursday of every month 7-9pm PST
About Event: We hold meetings once a month, first Thursday of every month (with the exception of the January meeting). Ops A La Carte's managing partner Mike Silverman is Chair of the society chapter and Ops A La Carte's Fred Schenkelberg is Vice Chair.
January 12, 2011: Latest Version of JMP Software (Joint Meeting with ASQ Stats Group), by Laura Higgins of JMP
February 3, 2011: Best of RAMS, by the IEEE Rel Society Committee
March 3, 2011: Recent Developments in Hard Drive Reliability Engineering, by Bernhard Hiller of Western DigitalWe will also start to have tours to different facilities in the bay area once a quarter. Stay tuned for our line-up or check back at http://www.ewh.ieee.org/r6/scv/rl/events.htm
2011 Lunch and Learn Series - 2nd Thursday of Each Month 11:30am-1:30pm PST
About Event: On the 2nd Thursday of each month, the Product Realization Group will host a Lunch and Learn Series with different topics each month. We will post the 2011 line-up in the next few weeks.
With the economy picking up, we find many of our customers so buried that they don't have time to stop to ask for help or get the paperwork put through to get the funding. Well now we have a simple solution. From now through the end of January we are offering 1 hour of free consultation to anyone who mentions this offer. No strings attached. We will come in and give you our expert advice on any issues you are having.
Email us via our Special Offers Contact Form
BELOW ARE NEWS HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE PAST QUARTER. MORE DETAILS FOR EACH ITEM CAN BE FOUND AT NEWS.
All presentations that we gave can be found on the technical download section of our website at Technical Papers.
Ops announces Pre-Release of Mike Silverman's New Book - December 5, 2010
Mike Silverman's book "How Reliable Is Your Product: 50 Ways to Improve Your Product Reliability" is due out in January 2011 and is available for Pre-Release Purchase at a 15% discount. The 340 page book is available in hardback and ebook.
Ops is Interviewed by SMT Magazine - December 1, 2010
Ops A La Carte's Mike Silverman was interviewed by Marcy LaRont of i-Connect007, part of SMT Magazine. The title of the article is "Electronics Reliability and Product Development." Look for it at http://www.ems007.com/pages/zone.cgi?a=73025.
Ops A La Carte Holds Annual Open House - November 12, 2010
Ops A La Carte holds Open House at its newly remodeled facility. Ops' partners PRG, Voler, and Fusion Design also participate at the open house, giving us a chance to show our power of our combined resources. We also had product demonstrations from three other companies - Alter-G and Ethologics. Below are pictures of the Alter-G Anti Gravity Treadmill at our open house, along with attendees trying out the system.
Also, congratulations to the grand prize winner at our Open House - Vince Sullivan of Stellartech who won a shiatsu massage chair. Vince won by getting the most right answers to our Wacky Medical Trivia quiz with 5 correct answers. Take this QUIZ and see how many you can get right. If you take the quiz and beat Vince's score, I will give you a free copy of my new book.
Ops A La Carte and PRG Deliver Presentation at BIOMEDevice Show in San Jose (Nov 10-11), the ASQ Quality Conf. in Santa Clara (Oct 21-22), and the SMTA Medical Conf. in Phoenix (Sept 22-23).
Ops A La Carte and two other Product Realization Group's partners - Voler Systems and Fusion Design - teamed up, sharing a booth and delivering a joint presentation on how we successfully collaborate on projects together. If you would like to see the slides from our presentation, please go to:
Highlights of this presentation are also shown in the Fall 2010 Newsletter Featured Service.
Congratulations to Henry Pastorelli of OptiMedica (left) and Silvia Milanez of Abbott Vascular (right) for winning our grand prize - an RC Helicopter. Henry won at the BIOMEDevice show and Silvia won at the ASQ Quality Conference.
Ops A La Carte Exhibits at ISSRE in San Jose - November 2, 2010
Ops A La Carte's Bob Mueller and Mike Silverman exhibit at the 21st annual International Symposium on Software Reliability Engineering (ISSRE 2010) event held this year at Cisco in San Jose. Bob and Mike were there to show off their new developments in Software Reliability. For a download of the slides Bob and Mike showed at the event, please go to: Software Reliability Slides
For a download of Bob's Software Reliability Webinar given earlier in the year, please go to:
Webinar on Best Reliability Practices for Medical Devices - November 1, 2010
Ops A La Carte's Mike Silverman and Chet Haibel provided a webinar on best practices for medical device design and development along with a few interesting case studies. If you would like to see the slides or the broadcast of the event, please go to:
Ops Provides Training for PRG/Foothill College - October 28, 2010
Ops A La Carte's Mike Silverman provides a 4 part training class as part of the Product Realization Group's Certificate Program in affiliation with Foothill College. The program consists of 5 subjects, one subject per month for 5 months. The Product Realization Certificate Program provides an opportunity for individuals, group managers and senior management, who are involved in the development and release of high technology products, to obtain a comprehensive understanding of the product realization process.
Ops' Martin Shaw Receives Best Paper Award - October 25, 2010
Ops A La Carte's Martin Shaw received the best paper award at the annual Applied Reliability Symposium Asia in Singapore in October 2010 on LCD TV Accelerated Testing. He also won the same award for his presentation at the Applied Reliability Symposium Europe in Berlin in March 2010. If you would like to see the slides from his presentation, please go to:
Ops A La Carte Presents at annual ASTR in Denver - October 8, 2010
Ops A La Carte's Mike Silverman, Charlie Slayman, and Martin Shaw all gave presentations at this year's Accelerated Stress Testing and Reliability (ASTR) Workshop. If you would like to see the slides from our presentation, please go to:
- What Is HALT and What Is Not HALT by Mike Silverman
Congratulations to Vins Fan of Chroma for winning our grand prize - a new golf ball return device - for getting closest to the pin in our putting contest. Vins put our 50 foot put within 5 inches of the hole.
Ops Presents at Local Medical Device Event - September 22, 2010
Ops A La Carte's Managing Partner Mike Silverman and Integrated Compliance Engineer's President Aaron Joseph presented at the SMPTech "Meet the Experts" Forum. Below are links to Mike and Aaron's presentations: