MESSAGE FROM THE FOUNDER
Welcome to our 32nd quarterly newsletter. Our newsletter comes out the first week of March, June, September, and December. Comments and suggestions are always welcome.
Busines is still quite robust and we see no sign of slowdown. This quarter we are launching our Counterfeit initiative by teaming up with the Distributor Action Group (DAG) to help form the first international effort to combad counterfeits. We have been appointed Chair of the laboratory committee within the DAG. Please see our Feature Article and attend our free webinar on Counterfeits.
We are putting the final touches on our new Membership Site - a site where you can go and download articles, stream video classes of our more than 100 hours of classroom material, watch any of our past 25 webinars, and even get in touch with an Ops consultant to get answers to any questions you may have. Stay tuned for this - we are set to launch in time for RAMS2013.
Last month we held our largest attendance webinar ever - "40 Years of HALT, What Have We Learned" with over 500 attendees. Below are links to the slides and webinar recording.
This quarter, we will be visiting even more areas: Houston, San Diego, Germany, Orlando, Miami, Denver, Anaheim, and LA. Whenever OPS visits a city, we offer 1 hour of free consultation to help you with any aspect of your reliability program.
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.
For those of you that are planning to attend RAMS in January, please stop by our booth or sit in on one of our 5 paper sessions.
We hope you find value in the following newsletter. Our next newsletter will come out the first week of March. Thank you for your continued support and interest.
- Mike Silverman, Managing Partner/Founder
Battling Counterfeits - December 6, 2012, 9am PST
This free webinar will review the best practices in setting up processes and testing methodology to avoid costly Counterfeit Issues. Secure Components and Ops is working in cooperation with the Distributor Advisory Group (DAG) http://www.counterfeitavoidance.org/ who reports directly to the ECCC (Electronic Component Certification Corporation) (www.ecccorp.org), the secretariat for ANSI-ASQ’s UNSC-IECQ’s under the authority of the IEC Quality Assessment System for Electronic Components. The scope of this webinar will address far beyond the standard and deals directly with global supply chain (SCM) Expectations.
Other distinguished presenters for this webinar will be:
With a global distributor and manufacturing base on the front line for components, contract manufacturers and OEM’s throughout the SCM, we will focus on counterfeit parts and their detection processes. Detecting these within the receiving process or preventing these within the purchase process will be addressed including functional and chemical testing services required to filter counterfeit parts and provide evidence of chain of custody to ensure products are purchased within the standards. We’ll even link you to Government repositories. We will provide expert insights and best practices into this matter. Follow up webinars for detailing each major category will be provided over the next few months.
This First Webinar is a free Introduction: Fraudulent/Counterfeit Electronic Parts: Avoidance, Detection, Mitigation, and Disposition – Supplier Chain Expectations. This Webinar will discuss the Problems, Solutions, Standards (AS 6081 & SAE AS 5333, Supply Chain Management issues, Testing & Implementation & Outsourcing to Qualified labs along with Risk Management Analytics, Liability, Sustainability issues.
The five follow on Webinar Subjects will address the matter as follows:
1. Counterfeit Mitigation
Course: Certified Reliability Engineer (CRE) Preparation Course
Special new options:
2nd class added for our East Coast students at a time convenient for them - 6-10pm EST
Description: Becoming certified as a Reliability Engineer (CRE) 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 Reliability Engineering, this can benefit you substantially.
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
BIOMEDevice Show - December 6, 2012 San Jose, CA, 10am
Ops A La Carte's Mike SIlverman and Bob Mueller in conjunction with Voler Systems' President Walt Maclay will be giving a 2 hour seminar titled Medical Reliability Testing. We also will be at the PRG Booth (#1115). Register at: MD&M
Ops Will Be In Your Area this Winter. Ops A La Carte's Managing Partner Mike Silverman will be traveling around the US and Europe this winter 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.
Dec 10-12 Houston
Reliability, Maintainability, and Availability Symposium (RAMS), January 28-31, 2013, Orlando, FL
"Tutorial - Introduction to R & M Management", by Fred Schenkelberg
ASQ Quality Conference, Feb 7th, 2013, Denver, CO
MD&M West - Feb 12, 2013, Anaheim, CA
OPS' Mike Silverman will be giving a one day seminar called "Medical Device Reliability Testing". Register at: MD&M
ASQ Reliability Society Webinar - Feb 14, 2013, 8:30am PST, Webinar
On Feb 14, we will be leading a webinar for ASQ Reliability Society entitled "Best Accelerated Reliability Methods in the 21st Century. The line-up of speakers will be:
This is the tutorial line-up for the October 2013 Accelerated Stress Testing and Reliability (ASTR) Workshop. This will be a sneak preview of that event.
Components for Military and Space Electronics
"Battling Counterfeits", by James Johnson
Bio2Device Group Talk on Reliability - Feb 26, 2013, 9am PST, Sunnyvale CA
OPS' Mike Silverman will be presenting on the latest trends in reliability for medical devices.
International Reliability Innovations Symposium (IRIS) FREE EVENT- Mar 14, 2013, 8-4pm PST, San Jose, CA and via webinar
The call for papers is now on and the deadline is December 3rd.
Mike Silverman will be presenting on a new methodology his team invented called RABID - Reliability Analysis Before I Design".
Accelerated Stress Test and Reliability (ASTR) Workshop - October 9-11, 2013, San Diego
The theme for this year's conference is "Accelerating Reliability into the 21st Century". The call for papers is now open.
Ops A La Carte's Mike Silverman (also this year's workshop chair) will be giving a tutorial entitled "40 years of HALT - What Have We Learned?"
Please also join our linked in group at http://www.linkedin.com/groups/IEEE-CPMT-Workshop-on-Accelerated-4364303?trk=myg_ugrp_ovr
For information on other course offerings go to: EVENTS
Last quarter, we visited a number of different areas, including Boston, Denver, Honolulu, Japan, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Nova Scotia, Phoenix, Quebec, Taiwan, and Toronto..
This quarter, we will be visiting even more areas, including Denver, Houston, Germany, LA, Ohio, Orlando, and San Diego. 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 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. If interested,
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.
Nov 27, 2012 - OPS' James Johnson appointed Chair of Counterfeit committee group
Mr. Johnson got together and formulated a plan with Mr. Stanley H. Salot Jr., president of the non-profit Electronic Component Certification Corporation and Mr. Todd Kramer, CEO of Secure Components. Together these three, along with other technology firms formed the FTLAG to bring together representatives from test labs and other organizations to provide the means to create fast and effective testing to detect counterfeit parts in the defense avionics and aerospace sectors; and they are also serving medical, transportation and others. Under the USNC/IECQ, the FTLAG is developing and implementing a set of industry-based international distributor test standards for certification requirements for counterfeit mitigation and avoidance. This includes several industry leaders such as Celestica, a global contract manufacturer.
Please Click here for the press release on the announcement.
Nov 21, 2012 - New Consultant Jon Elerath Joins Ops' Team
Nov 7, 2012 - OPS' FREE WEBINAR on 40 Years of HALT
Over the past 40 years, there have been many advances in the methodologies of HALT, but many of the techniques have remained the same. This free webinar reviewed the history of HALT: Where we started, where we are, and where we are going.
Nov 1, 2012 - Medical Design and Manufacturing (MD&M) Minneapolis, Minneapolis, MN
We gave a seminar called "Medical Device Reliability Testing".
Oct 19, 2012 - Mike Silverman named Chair of the 2013 ASTR Workshop
The 2013 Accelerated Stress Testing and Reliability (ASTR) workshop will be held on Oct 9-11, 2013 in San Diego. The theme for the workshop is "Accelerating Reliability into the 21st Century"
Sept 17-19, 2012 - IEEE Accelerated Stress Testing (ASTR) Workshop,Toronto, Canada
Improving Product Reliability - ASTR2012 - Arrowsmith&Randjelovic
40 Years of HALT, What Have We Learned - ASTR2012 - Mike Silverman
Robust Design and Reliability Engineering - ASTR2012 - Lou LaVallee
IEEE 1624 and Accelerated Testing - ASTR2012 - Les Warrington
Using HALT as a Field Return Evaluation Tool - ASTR2012 - John Cooper
Oct 3, 2012 - OPS' FREE WEBINAR on Advances in HALT Calculator - New MTBF and ROI Calculator,
All of these were explained and demonstrated in this 1 hour webinar
Dr. Shree Nanganuri and Ops A La Carte's JIm Johnson gave a presentation on LSS and DFR – similarities as well as unique differences between the two approaches.
Sept 7, 2012 - Ops Visited Many Cities in Fall 2012. Ops A La Carte's Managing Partner Mike Silverman traveled around the US this fall visiting with clients and giving presentations at conferences. He visited Phoenix, San Diego, Honolulu, Herndon VA, Milwaulkee, Denver, Boston, Toronto, Montreal, Nova Scotia, Minneapolis, Taiwan and Japan. See our EVENTS section for which cities Mike and his team will be in this quarter.
Sept 6, 2012 - IEEE Reliability Meeting - Discussion on Design for Reliability, Cupertino, CA
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 information on news, please visit our News Page or call (408) 654-0499.