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Spring 2013

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IN THIS ISSUE
COURSES/SEMINARS - CQE Course, Reliability Symposium
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WEBINARS - FMEA, 21st Century Tools
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EVENTS - IRIC, EDMTC, ESTC, ARS
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SPECIAL OFFERS - FREE Trial of new Reliapedia Site
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NEWS - MD&M, ASQ San Diego, ASQ Denver, Prague Seminar
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FEATURED SERVICE - Reliapedia Site Now Available
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RELIABILITY BLOG - Highlights of Last Quarter's Blogs
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PROBLEM SOLVER - When To Start a Reliability Program?
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PARTNER'S CORNER - Global Energy Innovations
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JOB OPENINGS - Ops A La Carte, many others

 

MESSAGE FROM THE FOUNDER

Welcome to our 33rd quarterly newsletter. Our newsletter comes out the first week of March, June, September, and December. Comments and suggestions are always welcome.

We just launched our site Reliapedia. This is the most comprehensive source of reliability information in any one place. Over 200 technical articles and presentations as well as over 100 hours of video content, including 25 one hour webinars, our entire CRE and CQE course webinars, and our post popular seminars. This site is perfect for those that want to learn at your own pace. And rolled into this new site is the ability to ask us questions and even sign up for weekly/monthly mentoring if you need a little guidance. And we are committed to continue to update the site. We are working on interactive formulas, a 40-hour seminar series, and more. See Reliapedia for more details.

Our Annual Reliability Symposium will be held May 6-10 and will feature 8 of our most popular classes. All will be offered via webinar. See our SEMINARS for more details.

Our next Certified Quality Engineer (CQE) Preparation Class starts April16th. This is the 8th year we have been teaching this class and we boast over a 75% pass rate with over 500 students going through our CQE class.

Last month we held our popular webinar "Accelerated Life Testing (Not HALT but ALT)". Slides and webcast can be found on our new Reliapedia site.

On March 13th we will hold our next free webinar entitled FMEA of FMEAs" where we will explore all the pitfalls in conducting an FMEA and give you helpful tips on how to make your next FMEA successful.

Last quarter we visited Chicago, England, Germany, Prague, Orlando, Miami, Denver, San Diego, Anaheim, and LA. This quarter, we will be visiting Dallas, Houston, Cleveland, Boston, and Las Vegas. Whenever OPS visits a city, we offer 1 hour of free consultation to help you with any aspect of your reliability program.

We hope you find value in the following newsletter. Our next newsletter will come out the first week of June. Thank you for your continued support and interest.

- Mike Silverman, Managing Partner/Founder

COURSES

2013 Reliability Symposium

May 6-10 in Santa Clara, California

TRACK ONE - DFX TOOLS
Design for Reliability (DfR): May 6-7
Design for 6 Sigma (DfSS): May 8
Design for Mechanical Reliability (DfMR): May 9
Design for Warranty (DfW): May 10 morning
Design for Software Reliability (DfS): May 10 afternoon

TRACK TWO - REL TOOLS: ALT/DOE/RCA
Design of Experiments (DOE): May 6-7
Best Accelerated Reliability Tests (BART): May 8-9
Root Cause Analysis (RCA): May 10
For more info, please Contact Us Info

 

WEBINARS

2013 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 current line-up for the first half of 2013. You can click on the registration page for each event.

Wednesday March 13th - FMEA of FMEAs, by Ops A La Carte. In this webinar we will explore all of the pitfalls that go along with performing a FMEA and will give you helpful hints in order to make your FMEAs more successful. Register at: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/288626850

Thursday March 21st - ASQ Rel Soc Webinar, 9am PST, Accelerated Rel Techniques in the 21st Century, by Mike Silverman and Lou LaVallee of Ops A La Carte, Milena Krasich of Raytheon, and Doug Goodman of Ridgetop Group. Register at: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/547506721

For more info, pleaseContact Us Info

And from our partners at Hobbs Engineering

Wednesday April 10 - ESD Design Practices, by Alec Feinberg of Hobbs Engineering.

For more info, pleaseContact Us Info


SEMINARS

Course: Certified Quality Engineer (CQE) Preparation Course
Date(s): April 16 - May 28, 2013
Time: 6pm-10pm PST, one night a week, 7 weeks
Instructor: Pat MacMahon
Length: 7 weeks
Cost: $900 (+ $100 for course material)
Location: Webinar

Special new options:

Offered via webinar for out of town students.
Tutoring over the internet is now available.
Offered on-site for companies with 8 or more students.

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 Contact Us Info

 

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 seminars, go to Ops Course List

EVENTS

Ops Will Be In Your Area this Spring. Ops A La Carte's Managing Partner Mike Silverman will be traveling around the US this spring 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.

March 4-8 Ohio
April 4-8 Boston
May 20-24 Vegas
June 5-7 Minneapolis

And Here Are Our 10 Reliability Events This Spring...

1) Mar 7, 2013: International Reliability Innovations Conference (IRIC), FREE, San Jose, CA & webinar.  We will be presenting a paper on “Influencing Project Genetics – Reliability Before Design”. More>>

For more info, please Contact Us Info

2) Mar 13, 2013:  FMEA of FMEA’s:  FREE Webinar, 11:30am PST.  This is part of our FREE Webinar Series. More>>

3) Mar 21, 2013:  ASQ Rel Soc Webinar, 9am PST, Accelerated Rel Techniques in the 21st Century

On March 21st, 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:

  1. Lou LaVallee – Robust Design
  2. Doug Goodman – Prognostics
  3. Mike Silverman - HALT
  4. Milena Krasich – Accelerated Growth

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.

For more info, please Contact Us Info


4) Mar 26, 2013:  Bio2Device Group Talk on Reliability, 9am PST, Sunnyvale CA, on Medical Reliability Testing.  More>>

OPS' Mike Silverman will be presenting on the latest trends in reliability for medical devices.

For more info, please Contact Us Info


5) Apr 4, 2013:  2013 Electronics Design and Manufacturing Technical Conference (EDMTC), Boston, MA.  We will be giving a seminar on Design for Reliability principles and will be exhibiting at the show. More>>


6) Apr 16-May 28, 2013:  CQE Certification Class, 6-10pm every Tuesday, Webconference only.  More>>


7) May 6-10, 2013:  Ops A La Carte Annual Reliability Symposium, San Jose, CA and via webinar.  We will be holding our top 10 seminars in this one week event.  Come to one or spend the whole week.  It is completely flexible.  More>>

8) May 16 and May 23, 2013:  Design for Reliability Webtorial, Webtorial through SMTA. DFR is knowledge-based engineering wherein, starting with capture of requirements and leading to assured reliability, a reliability plan is designed and executed using the full skills and knowledge of the project team. The goal of DfR is to work smarter through knowledge-based tailoring of the reliability plan. The objective of this 4 hour seminar is to provide you awareness of DFR as well as the framework of how to build a DFR program within your organization.   More>>


9) May 20-23, 2013:  Electronic System Technologies Conference and Exhibition, Las Vegas, NV.  We will be giving a seminar on Design for Reliability and will be presenting a paper on FMEA and will also be exhibiting at the event. More>>


10) June 5-7, 2013:  Applied Reliability Symposium, Minneapolis, MN.  We will be presenting a paper on “Influencing Project Genetics – Reliability Before Design”. We will also be exhibiting at the event. More>>

And here is an event coming up this fall that you won't want to miss

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 more info, pleaseContact Us Info

For information on other course offerings go to: EVENTS

SPECIAL OFFERS

Our new Reliapedia site is now live. It is the most comprehensive library of reliability information in the world. Try it out for free by going to Reliapedia and then going to Membership Account tab and clicking on Membership Levels. Then choose Level 0 for your 3 day free trial.

Last quarter, we visited a number of different areas, including Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Orlando, and San Diego and in Europe we visited London, Germany, and the Czech Republic.

This quarter, we will be visiting even more areas, including Boston, Cleveland, Dallas, Las Vegas, and Minneapolis. 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 Contact Us Info

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 have developed a new Self-Assessment tool. If you take it, we will also give you a free book. If interested, Contact Us Info

NEWS

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 Reliapedia site.

February 20, 2013 Ops' launches its new Reliapedia website, the most complete library of reliability information. And as part of our partnership with ASQ Reliability Division, you can also find it linked from ASQ's Reliability Division site at asq.org/reliability

February 13, 2013 Ops' Managing Partner Mike SIlverman just completed his 32 day 9 city 4 country tour around North America and Europe. Mike visited the following areas, giving presentations and visit clients in each.

Jan 13-15 Chicago
Jan 16-19 London
Jan 20-23 Germany
Jan 24-26-Prague - HALT open seminar
Jan 27-31 Orlando - RAMS Seminar
Feb 1 Miami
Feb 2-9 Denver - ASQ Quality Conference
Feb 10-11 San Diego - ASQ Quality Society of San Diego
Feb 12-13 Anaheim - MD&M seminar


Feb 12, 2013, MD&M West - Anaheim, CA

OPS' Mike Silverman gave a one day seminar called "Medical Device Reliability Testing".

Feb 7th, 2013,ASQ Quality Conference, Denver, CO

About Event: We exhibited and presented a paper on Return on Investment for a Design for Reliability Program.

Congratulations to the following winners:

Liz Burnett (below left) from Hotfoot Corp won closest to the pin in our putting content, knocking a 30 foot putt 1/2" from the pin.
Patrick Willey (below center) of Level3 won Mike's book on reliability in our raffle drawing.
Mike Patten (below right) of Otterbox won a free seminar in our Reliability Sympoium in our raffle drawing.


January 28-31, 2013 Reliability, Maintainability, and Availability Symposium (RAMS), Orlando, FL

About Event: We exhibited and presented the follow 5 papers and tutorials at this event.

"Tutorial - Introduction to R & M Management", by Fred Schenkelberg
"Tutorial - Effective Reliability Program Traits and Management, by Fred Schenkelberg
"Accelerated Testing for 2-year Storage" by Fred Schenkelberg
"Return on Investment for a Design for Reliability Program Abstract", by Mike Silverman and Fred Schenkelberg
"FMEA on FMEA", by Mike Silverman and Fred Schenkelberg

Congratulations to the following winners:

Sneha Shah (below left) of Portable Power for winning closest to the pin in our putting contest, knocking a 25 foot putt 2" from the pin
Todor Ganev (below right) for winning a bottle of wine in our raffle drawing


January 24, 2013 Best of Accelerated Reliability Testing, Prague, Czech Republic

About Event: Pavel Urban, Ops' consultant from the Czech Republic and Mike Silverman, Managing Partner of Ops A La Carte gave a 1 day seminar on the best accelerated reliability testing techniques to an audience made up of German and Czech companies.


December 6, 2012 BIOMEDevice Show, San Jose, CA

About Event: We presented our seminar on Medical Reliability Testing jointly with Walt Maclay, President of Voler Systems

Congratulations to Ravi Pawar (below center) of Acnovate for winning a copy of MIke's Reliability book in our raffle.

For more information on news, please visit our News Page or call (408) 654-0499.

The most complete library of reliability information anywhere in the world

We just launched our site Reliapedia. This is the most comprehensive source of reliability information in any one place. Over 200 technical articles and presentations as well as over 100 hours of video content, including 25 one hour webinars, our entire CRE and CQE course webinars, and our post popular seminars. This site is perfect for those that want to learn at your own pace. And rolled into this new site is the ability to ask us questions and even sign up for weekly/monthly mentoring if you need a little guidance. And we are committed to continue to update the site. We are working on interactive formulas, a 40-hour seminar series, and more.

Non-members can browse through the site and see the abstract for each article, webinar, and seminar, and the first page in each chapter of Mike's book. Members get access to the entire site.

We have set up 3 different levels for the site:

Level 1 Members can view all content and watch all videos.

Level 2 Members get all of the privileges of Level I Members plus you can email us a question to askops@opsalacarte.com and we respond within 24 hours. We will utilize our engineering pool of over 60 consultants as well as our over 100 partners to provide you a complete and professional response.

Level 3 Members get all of the privileges of Level II Members plus we will assign you a mentor and set up a weekly call with you to answer any questions you may have. Customers who utilize this service find it helpful to write down their questions throughout the week and then bring them all to the weekly meeting to maximize each mentoring session.

Visit our site at Reliapedia or http://www.opsalacarte.com/Reliapedia. Sign up for a 3 day free pass.

Below is a summary of the Best of our Blog for last quarter - highlights of the best blog topics we had.

If you would like to contribute to our blog, please eitherContact Us Info or go to

When to Start a Reliability Program ?

What is the best phase to start a reliability program (Concept, Design, Test) and Why?

Answer will be given in our seminar at the Applied Reliability Symposium (see title of our talk above for a hint at the answer.

Global Energy Innovations develops and manufactures precision battery monitoring, testing, aconditioning, and restoration equipment and software that goes with it. GEI and OPS work on combined solutions for companies with battery reliability challenges.

 

Senior Reliability Management Consultant

Ops A La Carte is looking for Senior Reliability Managment Consultants around the world to join our team of consultants and work on some of the most exciting and challenging projects in the industry. We are especially looking for strong candidates with a background in architecting reliability programs. We will teach you our Ounce of Prevention Strategy (OPS) and you will help implement this at companies around the world. If interested, email us via our Ops Job Search Contact Form or call (408) 654-0499.

For other available reliability jobs, visit http://www.ewh.ieee.org/r6/scv/rl/jobs.htm

Ops A La Carte's newsletter goes out to over 14,000 subscribers. If you would like to put an ad or job opening in next quarter's "Reliability News", fill out our Job Openings Form or call at (408) 654-0499.

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