MESSAGE FROM THE FOUNDER
My book "How Reliable Is Your Product: 50 Ways to Improve Your Product Reliability" is now out and sales are going very well. We have also received some great reviews from very reputable magazines. Here are a few of the reviews: PCB News review, ECN Magazine review, SMT Magazine review, Amazon.com review.
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.
In January, I visited Taiwan, China, and Japan and met with our distributors/partners there. In Taiwan, our distributor is Chroma. In China, our partner is Sinorel. And in Japan, our distributor is Toyo Corporation. In Japan, I was honored to have the opportunity to present a 1 day seminar on HALT Integrated into a Reliability Program to 42 engineers from many of the top companies in Japan from a variety of industries.
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.
At the end of January, we were at RAMS and gave a record number of presentations among all our consultants. We also had our book for sale and exceeded our expectations on the demand.
Our new 2011 Education Schedule is now available including our annual reliability symposium May 9-13. You can also view all of our events on our google calendar below. Also, we just released our free Free Webinars calendar where we will be giving a free webinar the first Wednesday of each month. Our next three webinars will be Solar Reliability, DfSS, and Prognostics.
We hope you enjoy the following newsletter. Our next newsletter will come out June 1st. Thank you for your continued support and interest.
- Mike Silverman, Managing Partner/Founder
2011 Reliability Symposium. May 9-13 in Santa Clara, California
TRACK ONE - DFX TOOLS
One of our courses, Design for Climatic Testing, is being offered through ERI throughout the year in different locations around the world. Please let us know if you are interested in bringing this seminar into our symposium.
Reliability Seminar Series, Singapore
About Event: Ricky Chew from our Singapore office will be teaching the followiing seminars next quarter.
2011 Free Webinar Series - First Wednesday of Each Month 11:30am-1pm PST
About Event: On the first Wednesday of each month, we will bring you a free webinar topic. Below is our line-up for the next three months.
Tuesday April 5th - Reliability in the Universe of Solar Products, by Ops A La Carte and Concurrent Design (note that for this event only, it will be the First Tuesday of the Month). Register at: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/524265507
Wednesday May 4th - Reliability and Quality Engineering Integration using DFSS and DFR Methods, by Ops A La Carte. Register at: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/942985923
Wednesday June 1st - How to Use HALT with Prognostics, by Ops A La Carte and the Ridgetop Group. Register at: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/799653242
See the Featured Service section below for more info on each webinar or click on the registration link.
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 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
WHAT: Improve Your Product Reliability and Delight Your Customers
Mike will reveal tried and true methodologies, best practices and lessons learned from reliability testing at over 500 companies in 100 different industries.
During this session, Mike will cover:
- Practical guide to improving your product reliability
Reliability and Safety Workshop, Greenwich London UK - April 14, 2011
About Event: Safety and reliability are essentially emergent properties of a product, process, system or undertaking. Safety as a duty of care placed on all purveyors of products and services is regulated by law, whereas reliability has been regulated by the market it is no longer solely a commercial choice. Consequently, there are many synergies between the two domains that had been viewed as separate disciplines. This joint workshop will explore the common grounds between these two essential properties with the help of industrial and academic experts and aim to provide systemic insights into an integrated approach.
OPS' Bob Page will be presenting a workshop on "Meeting Mandatory Design Reliability Requirements".
MD&M New York - June 6, 2011
About Event: As one of industry's original medical device conference, MD&M East is dedicated to offering the East Coast's premier conference program for research and development, design, engineering, manufacturing, and regulatory affairs professionals within the medical manufacturing industry. Attendees will benefit from a unique combination of presentations from high-level medical device industry professionals, the FDA, and some of industry's leading experts.
OPS' Mike Silverman will be giving a one day seminar at the conference entitled "Medical Reliability Testing". Co-presenting the seminar will be Rick Casler, CTO of iWalk, makers of the first bionic lower leg system.
Applied Reliability Symposium (ARS), San Diego - June 7-9, 2011
About Event: The ARS provides a forum for expert presenters from industry and government to come together with reliability practitioners from all over the world to discuss the application of reliability principles to meet real world challenges.
OPS' Mike Silverman will be presenting our paper "What Is DfR and What Is Not DfR". We will also have a booth to exhibit our new services. We will also have copies of Mike's new book.
Prognostics and Health Management (PHM) Conference - June 20-23, 2011
About Event: Enhancing Safety, Efficiency, Availability, and Effectiveness of Systems through PHM Technology and Application
OPS' Mike Silverman will be presenting a paper on "Use of HALT and HASS with Prognostics"
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.
April 13, 2011: Estimating Field Failure Rate from HALT (in conjunction with ASQ Statistics Society)
We will also start to have tours to different facilities in the bay area once a quarter. The next two tours will be:
March 23, 2011: Railroad Museum, sponsored by PSES and IEEE RS.
June, 2011: Tour of HALT and HASS Labs, sponsored by IEEE RS.You can find more information about our events 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 May 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.
- May 1, 2011 Ops A La Carte Turns 10 Years Old
On May 1st, 2011, Ops A La Carte officially turns 10 years old. In these past 10 years, we grew from an an idea to a global consulting firm with customers in over 100 different industries in over 30 different countries. Thank you all for your patronage over this past decade.
Event: Implantable Medical Device Design for Reliability
- February 25, 2011
Ops' Mike Silverman Receives Great Reviews on His New Book
ECN Magazine writes "Mike's book unlocks secrets to optimizing product reliability"
- February 20, 2011
Ops brings on consultant from Czech Republic and opens a new market for us in Eastern Europe
Pavel Urban (Czech Republic) has over 13 years experience in the areas of reliability and new product development. He has been responsible for product/process quality and reliability within all phases of product lifecycle from idea generation until end of product life. He worked for one of the largest automotive industry suppliers which produces a broad range of electronic components. Since 2010, Urban founded PDEE which operates in Eastern Europe region to provide knowledge and expertise to product development companies. He provides complex product development solutions for clients from idea identification to product launch with a focus on product reliability and robustness, accelerating of time to market and cost reduction. Design for Reliability is a key element of product development process and PDEE brings this approach to clients. PDEE offers several kinds of cooperation such as workshops/training, consultation, and testing. Pavel currently works for customers such as Continental and others from various market segments. He is certified in Six Sigma within Freescale Semiconductor and a board member of the Product Development & Management Association Eastern Europe. Pavel heads up Ops A La Carte’s Eastern European consulting practice. See the Ops Team for more details.
Event: Seminar on Testing at NTS
Event: Components for Military and Space Electronics (CMSE)
-Soft Error Trends and Mitigation Techniques in Modern Memory Technology by Charlie Slayman
Event: Reliability, Maintainability, and Availability Symposium (RAMS)
Ops had a booth at this event. We raffled off a copy of my new book "How Reliable Is Your Product: 50 Ways to Improve Product Reliability" and the winner was Alexandre Facini Dos Santos of Alstom Brazil. Congratulations Alexandre.
Also, we gave the following Tutorials, Technical Presentations, and Panel Discussions. Links to the presentations are shown below
- Green Reliability by Mike Silverman
Event: Seminar at Toyo in Tokyo
Tour/Event: Ops to Visit Taiwan, China, and Japan in January
- January 3-7 Taiwan
Event: Webinar on Profitability Through Business Excellence in the Product Realization Process
- Profitability Through Business Excellence by Indra Desai
Event: Webinar/Seminar on Lead Free Future Challenges
- Ops A La Carte Overview Presentation by Peter Arrowsmith, Ops A La Carte