MESSAGE FROM THE FOUNDER
Welcome to our 27th quarterly newsletter. Our newsletter comes out the first week of March, June, September, and December. Comments and suggestions are always welcome.
This quarter, I will be traveling around the US and the world giving seminars and visiting with clients. I will be visiting Boston, New Jersey, San Diego, Denver, Milwaukee, Chicago, Minneapolis, Australia, and India. See news for exact dates. Whenever OPS visits a city, we offer 1 hour of free consultation to help you with any aspect of your reliability program. See Special Offers section for details.
We just received a great endorsement for our HALT Calculator from our client Enecsys. We recently added more data to the model and more is still needed. If you have HALT data with corresponding field data, please contact us. Anyone that contributes data to our tool gets free use of it. We are working on a cloud based version of the tool that will be released prior to ASTR.
In August, we started the semi-annual Certified Reliability Engineer (CRE) Certificate course. We have been teaching this course twice a year for 14 straight years. Four years ago, we started teaching the course via webinar and now the webinar attendees outnumber the live attendees.
Also in August, I was interviewed on BlogTalkRadio for my new book. Host Wayne Hurlbert also gave a great review for my book "How Reliable Is Your Product: 50 Ways to Improve Product Reliability".
Also in June, we held our annual Open House to over 100 visitors. This was our biggest open house in our 10 year history, which is fitting because the open house was in honor of our 10 year anniversary along with our partnership with Chart. The event was co-sponsored by the IEEE CPMT & Reliability Society. Pictures
Our Free Webinars are getting an increasing number of attendees. Last quarter, we held free webinars on Design for Six Sigma and Prognostics. This next quarter we will be holding a webinar on Integrating Simulation with Reliability and a webinar on Solar Reliability. The webinars are held once a month.
We hope you enjoy the following newsletter. Our next newsletter will come out the first week of December. Thank you for your continued support and interest.
- Mike Silverman, Managing Partner/Founder
Product Realization Group (PRG) Certification Program
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2011 Free monthly Webinar Series
About Event: Each month, we will bring you a free webinar topic. Below is our current line-up for the remainder of 2011. You can click on the registration page for each event.
Tuesday Oct 11th, 11:30am-12:30pm PST- Integrating Simulation into a Reliability Program, by Ops A La Carte and Tribal Engineering. Simulation and testing often go together as part of a strong reliability program. Finite element simulation provides data and insights that would be difficult or impossible to obtain from testing alone. Simulation gives results for all components, including those that are inaccessible, and over a wide range of conditions. The results from simulation can be critical parts of accelerated life test programs such as HALT and ALT. In this seminar, we will show you techniques to integrate these tools into a reliability program to optimize your reliability results.
Register at: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/304753322
Thursday November 10th, 9-10am PST - Reliability in the Universe of Solar Products, by Ops A La Carte and Concurrent Design, part of the ASQ Reliability Society webinar series.
The universe of solar products is large and expanding rapidly. Of all of the emerging clean tech industries, the solar industry is one of the most challenging from a reliability engineering perspective because the industry is innovating so rapidly. Customers (and investors) are demanding very high reliability products, commonly requiring a minimum 25-year operating life.
Each aspect of a solar product must be considered for reliability. For example, in a solar power installation, the cells, the panels, the trackers, the inverters, even the installation itself, there are opportunities for failures. Join us for a quick trip through the Solar Universe and the many faces of Reliability Engineering in this rapidly expanding sector. The presentation will include technical information on the benchmarking, reliability, life cycle and end-of-life susceptibility of components in solar products.
Register at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/393083536
Course: Certified Quality Engineer (CQE) Preparation Course
Description: Becoming certified as a Quality Engineer (CQE) can be valuable to your employer and your career. We are offering this Exam Preparation Course. 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 Quality Engineering, this can benefit you substantially.
Course Webpage: CQE_Course by Ops A La Carte. For more info or to register, please
Course: MIL-STD-810 Testing seminar
For information on other course offerings go to: Ops A La Carte Schedule. All our courses are offered as tailored seminars at our customer's location. To view a list of all all seminars, go to Ops Course List
2011 PRG BBQ - Friday, September 09, 2011 - 10am - 2pm
About Event: Please join us for PRG’s 4th Annual BBQ and Symposium. This is your opportunity to network with industry peers, learn about the latest industry developments, and meet the PRG’s members in an informal setting while enjoying some delicious food.
The goal for this event is to create a forum for individuals and businesses involved in the Product Realization Process to gain knowledge, network, and have fun.
Medical Design and Manufacturing (MD&M) San Diego - Tuesday, Sept 13, 2011, 11:30am-12:30pm
We will be giving a seminar called "When the Standard Doesn’t Fit". Register at: www.medeviceforum.com
Colorado TechDev Lunch and Learn - Reliability and EMC Seminar - Friday, Sept 16 - 10am - 1:30pm
About Event: This seminar will focus on the integration between Reliability and Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC). The points of discussion will be the following:
- Engineering resources are focused on innovation to solve customer needs.
This event is being sponsored by the following groups.
We will be giving a seminar called "Medical Device Reliability Testing". Register at: MD&M
Accelerated Stress Testing and Reliability (ASTR) Workshop - Sept 28-30, 2011
About Event: ASTR 2011 will provide a forum for ASTR knowledge and share ideas that address intra- and inter-industry endeavors to limit and eliminate field failures of products through accelerated testing techniques. OPS' will be exhibiting at the event and several OPS consultants will be presenting at the event, including the following topics:
- Application of HALT for Reliability Evaluation of Electronics Modules, by Peter Arrowsmith, Ops A La Carte
ASQ Silicon Valley Section Quality Conference - Friday Oct 21, Santa Clara, CA, 7:30am - 7:30pm
About Event: The theme for this year is "On The Road to Performance Excellence"
OPS' will be exhibiting at the event and several OPS consultants will be presenting at the event.
We will be giving a seminar called "Medical Device Reliability Testing". Register at: MD&M
News section for the exact dates.We will be visiting a number of cities this next quarter, including Boston, New Jersey, San Diego, Denver, Milwaukee, Chicago, Minneapolis, Australia, and India. Please refer to the
We will provide you 1 hour of Free Consultation with no strings attached. We will give you our expert advice on any issues you are having or trying to avoid.
In addition, we will offer you a free copy of Mike's book "How Reliable Is Your Product: 50 Ways to Improve Product Reliability" just for giving us the opportunity to speak with you.
Also, we have developed a new Self-Assessment tool. If you take it, we will also give you a free book.
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.
Sep 5, 2011
Ops A La Carte's Managing Partner Mike Silverman will be traveling around the US and the world giving seminars and visiting with clients. He will be in the following locations:
Sept 6 - Boston
Whenever OPS visits a city, we offer 1 hour of free consultation to help you with any aspect of your reliability program. Please let us know if you would like for us to visit your company.
Sep 2, 2011
HALT Calculator Testimonial
Enecsys endorses HALT Calculator with this testimonial
"Enecsys has adopted the Ops A La Carte AFR calculation technique as it is impractical to conduct MTBF demonstration tests on highly reliable products such as solar micro inverters. Furthermore, using an MTBF number in isolation fails to provide any meaningful product life metrics. The Enecsys reliability engineering process is one that integrates multiple test and analysis approaches, of which the AFR calculator represents a component part, placing Enecsys in the unique position of being able to present AFR metrics to the solar industry. We have found this technique to be easy to use and due to the fact that it takes into account the significant HALT margins that we have achieved, we are satisfied that it delivers accurate and meaningful results. Enecsys plans to continue using the AFR calculator on future products, and embracing this technique underlines Enecsys' commitment to continuously improving micro inverter reliability, while being positioned firmly at the forefront of micro inverter reliability engineering technology."
Mark Turner, Director of Reliability, Enecsys
Aug 20, 2011
Ops' starts the semi-annual Certified Reliability Engineer (CRE) Certificate course. We have been teaching this course twice a year for 14 straight years. Four years ago, we started teaching the course via webinar and now the webinar attendees outnumber the live attendees. This semester we started a new private tutoring program for students that can't attend the lectures due to the time zone difference. The program consists of one-on-one tutoring sessions plus access to our recorded sessions.
For more information on our CRE Course, go to: CRE Class
Aug 9, 2011
Ops A La Carte's Managing Partner Mike Silverman was interviewed on BlogTalkRadio on Mike's new book "How Reliable Is Your Product: 50 Ways to Improve Product Reliability". You can listen to the recording
June 23, 2011
Ops A La Carte presents at annual IEEE Prognostics Conference, Denver. Here is the link to the presentation and paper.
June 16, 2011
OPS holds annual Open House to over 100 visitors. This was our biggest open house in our 10 year history, which is fitting because the open house was in honor of our 10 year anniversary along with our joint partnership with Chart. The event was co-sponsored by IEEE.
The open house had a barbeque, RC car races, seminars on Advanced HALT Techniques, and poster sessions on reliability solutions and chamber/piping techniques. Great education AND lots of fun !! We also gave away an IPAD and the winner was Larry Pennington. Pictures below are highlights:
June 10, 2011
Ops A La Carte presents on two topics at annual Applied Reliability Symposium, San Diego. Here are links to both presentations:
June 6, 2011
Ops A La Carte gives one day course at Medical show MD&M in New York on Medical Reliability Testing. We will be giving this course two more times this year:
For more information on news, please visit our News Page or call (408) 654-0499.