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 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.
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
May 6-10 in Santa Clara, California
TRACK ONE - DFX TOOLS
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
And from our partners at Hobbs Engineering
Wednesday April 10 - ESD Design Practices, by Alec Feinberg of Hobbs Engineering.
Course: Certified Quality Engineer (CQE) Preparation Course
Special new options:
Offered via webinar for out of town 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.
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
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
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>>
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:
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.
OPS' Mike Silverman will be presenting on the latest trends in reliability for medical devices.
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>>
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 information on other course offerings go to: EVENTS
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
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,
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
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.
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
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
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.