MESSAGE FROM THE FOUNDER
Welcome to our 31st quarterly newsletter. Our newsletter comes out the first week of March, June, September, and December. Comments and suggestions are always welcome.
This was our busiest summer for work and fall is turning out to be even busier. Just doing our part to help stimulate the economy!
This month we are introducing our new methodology to calculate Return on Investment (ROI) a new Design for Reliability (DFR) program. See our Featured Service section for more details as well as review the slides from our recent webinar talk on it.
Also, stay tuned for our next webinar on Advances in HALT Calculator - New MTBF and ROI Calculator and our upcoming Certified Quality Engineer (CQE) Preparation Course.
This quarter, we will be visiting even more areas, including Boston, Cleveland, Denver, Honolulu, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Phoenix, San Diego, and Toronto. Whenever OPS visits a city, we offer 1 hour of free consultation to help you with any aspect of your reliability program. Please refer to the EVENTS section for the exact dates. If you are interested in having us stop by when we are in town, please . 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.
We hope you find value in 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
OPS' FREE WEBINAR on Advances in HALT Calculator - New MTBF and ROI Calculator, Wednesday, Oct 3, 11:30am-12:30pm
And our special guest speakers will be Harry McLean, inventor of the calculator and Clayton Bonn from Chart. Chart is currently the only the chamber manufacturer offering this calculator as part of their chamber offering and Clayton will explain how the calculator is integrated in to the system operation.
Certified Quality Engineer (CQE) Preparation Course
Description: Becoming certified as a Quality Engineer (CQE) can be valuable to your employer and your career. We have been offering this Exam Preparation Course for 9 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.
Special new options:
PRG Certificate Program,
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
Sept 7, 2012 - Ops Will Be In Your Area. Ops A La Carte's Managing Partner Mike Silverman will be traveling around the US this fall visiting with clients and giving presentations at conferences,
Whenever OPS visits a city, we offer 1 hour of free consultation to help you with any aspect of your reliability program. If we are going to be in your city, please let us know if you would like for us to visit your company.
Sept 10 - Phoenix, AZ
Sept 12, 2012 - ASQ Statistics Meeting on Lean 6 Sigma and Design for Reliability (FREE), 6:30-8:30pm, Santa Clara, CA
Sept 14, 2012 - PRG Symposium and BBQ, 8am-1:30pm, Sunnyvale, CA
Oct 4, 2012 - Reliability Tour of BAE Systems (FREE), 7-9pm, San Jose, CA
Oct 17-19, 2012 - IEEE Accelerated Stress Testing (ASTR) Workshop, Toronto, Canada
Nov 1, 2012 - Medical Design and Manufacturing (MD&M) Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN, 8am-4pm
We will be giving a seminar called "Medical Device Reliability Testing". Register at: MD&M
Nov 1, 2012 - Minnesota Reliability Consortium, Minneapolis, MN
Nov 14, 2012 - Meet the Experts, Santa Clara, CA, 10:30am-1pm, FREE
Click here to Register. For more info, please
Dec 4-5, 2012 - BIOMEDevice Show - San Jose, CA, 10am-4pm
We will be giving a seminar on December 5th. The seminar is part of the Innovation Briefs series and will be held at the Innovation Briefs Theater at booth #801 on the event floor. The seminar will be co-presented by other members of the Product Realization Group (PRG). We also will be at the PRG Booth (#1115). Register at: MD&M
For information on other course offerings go to: EVENTS
Last quarter, we visited a number of different areas, including Toronto, Maryland, Virginia, and Turkey. See our News section for dates we will be in each city. If we miss you while we were in town, please let us know and we can make arrangements to come by again or talk with you on the phone.
This quarter, we will be visiting even more areas, including Boston, Cleveland, Denver, Honolulu, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Phoenix, San Diego, and Toronto. Whenever OPS visits a city, we offer 1 hour of free consultation to help you with any aspect of your reliability program. Please refer to the EVENTS section for the exact dates. If you are interested in having us stop by when we are in town, please
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.
Sept 6, 2012 - IEEE Reliability Meeting - Discussion on Design for Reliability, Cupertino, CA
Link to slides: Calculating ROI When Implementing a DFR Program
Sept 5, 2012 - OPS gave a FREE Webinar on Return on Investment (ROI) for a Design for a Reliability (DFR) Program
Below are links to both the slides and the webcast
For more info, please or go to our FEATURED SERVICE
Sept 1, 2012 - Ops A La Carte Becomes Counterfeit Avoidance Leader. Ops A La Carte is proud to annouce we joined the organization ECC and have taken the role of Chair of the Laboratory Industry Advisory Group. Click here for the latest press release.
August 31, 2012 - Ops Upgrades our HALT Calculator. Ops A La Carte's patent-pending HALT Calculator just got a major upgrade. We have added the following new features:
To try it out, go to iHALT Calculator. Need a free demo pass?
August 23, 2012 - Presentation at TAN. Jim Johnson of Ops A La Carte delivers a presentation at The African Network (TAN) called "Creating Strategic and Tactical Solutions for African Businesses with the aim of meeting organization goals"
"Ops hopes to become a global leader in supporting the reliability of products coming out of the Cottage Industries of Africa (CIOA) which is an idea recently being discussed by Stephen Ozoigbo, the new CEO who himself is not new to international business and found his calling in supporting this mission", says Johnson.
August 1, 2012 - Three New Consultants. We are growing rapidly in our project base, and to accommodate for this, we have brought on three new consultants in the last quarter.
Les Warrington is a reliability engineering and management consultant with Ops a la Carte, with focus on effective integration of reliability capability into company culture, to maximize business opportunity and success. Previously, he was Director of Reliability Engineering at Research in Motion, where he delivered assurance of product reliability goals in greater than 20 major product developments. He highlighted the direct links between field failures and lost corporate profits and, having gained executive oversight of reliability as a core requirement, integrated all departments in the effective and timely delivery of product reliability. Earlier, Les pioneered a widely emulated post-graduate degree program in quality and reliability at the University of Warwick, UK, emphasizing management, practical application for industry and an ethos of continuous improvement, and delivered Warwick reliability-centric teaching world-wide. He led major research projects, provided consulting services widely in the automotive, aerospace and other technology sectors, and was a leader in the UK National Reliability Strategy. Les earned a Bachelor of Science (Honours) at the University of Southampton in Aeronautics and Astronautics, and completed post-graduate technology and management training at the Royal Air Force College, Cranwell, UK. He is a Chartered Engineer (UK). He is an active member of IEC TC56, developing standards in dependability. He is also a member of the IEEE Reliability Society, and has retained professional membership of the Royal Aeronautical Society (UK).
Dave has 30 years experience in product design, process development, manufacturing statistics, reliability program management, test, and operations management. A veteran of 6 startups in the electronics, photonics, and energy businesses, Dave's focus is on the economics and incorporation of quality & reliability into all phases of the product life cycle. In addition to startups, Dave has held Senior & Principal Engineering and Operations positions at such companies as National Semiconductor, Read-Rite, and Kulicke & Soffa Industries. Dave is an active consulting engineer with clients in the Integrated Photonics business, electronics manufacturing & advanced semiconductor test solutions, and heavy industries such as electroplating and Stainless Steel processing. Most recently, Dave was Director of Reliability at Energy Innovations, a commercial scale solar energy system manufacturer employing the latest state-of-the-art Solar Concentrator technology. Dave holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Missouri, and both an M.S. in Chemical Engineering and an M.B.A. from San Jose State University. Dave is also the author of 3 U.S Patents.
Mike has over 25 years of experience in mechanical engineering and design, including manufacturing, design, analysis, testing, and systems integration. He has designed machinery, small mechanisms, space craft structures, printed circuit boards, wiring harnesses, and electronic packaging. Mike has also performed stress, thermal, shock, and vibration testing, statistical and worst case tolerance analysis, and materials selection for reliability in extreme environments. He has hands-on CAD and machine shop experience fabricating prototypes, along with the use of rapid prototyping (3D printer) equipment and technologies. His information technology experience includes system repair, data recovery, networking, and web development. Mike has a BS Degree in Engineering and Applied Science from the California Institute of Technology. He has worked in the automotive, petrochemical, nuclear, aerospace, medical instruments, and consumer products industries. He has consulted at Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Hughes Space and Communications, EG&G Rocky Flats, Schlage Lock, Ethicon, DuPont, Bechtel, United Engineers and Constructors, Motorola, Ford, FMC, and numerous small business clients.
July 3, 2012 - Celestica Parntership. Ops A La Carte creates strategic alliance with Celestica and provides seminar to Celestica's clients in Toronto.
Celestica's Engineering Services team was pleased to host Mike Silverman, founder and managing partner at Ops a la Carte, at the Celestica Toronto facility on June 19, 2012. The Celestica team and Mike delivered a webinar and participated in a face-to-face session that highlighted approaches and tools for improving product reliability. This joint webinar was a key step in helping to strengthen the on-going relationship between Celestica Engineering Services and Ops A La Carte.
June 15-17, 2012 -Ops Delivers Paper at ARS and Scores High Marks - Ops A La Carte presents on Return on Investiment (ROI) using a Design for Reliability (DFR) Program. Below are pictures from the event. Congratulations to Fernando Amaton of Halliburton, Shawn McKay of Rand, and Michael LaCourt of Ortho Clinical Diagnostics for winning a copy of Mike Silverman's book 50 Ways to Improve Product Reliability. Congratulations to Robert Belinski of GE Medical for getting closest to the pin at 2".
June 6, 2012 - Ounce of Prevention Strategy (OPS). Ops A La Carte is proud to annouce their new methdology called Ounce of Preventation Strategy (OPS). We kicked this off with a webinar. See details beow.
For more information on news, please visit our News Page or call (408) 654-0499.