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Summer 2013

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IN THIS ISSUE
COURSES/SEMINARS - CRE Course
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WEBINARS - HALT, Growth Testing, Physics of Failure, MDFR
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EVENTS - ARS, MDFR, ISSAT, ASTR
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SPECIAL OFFERS - FREE Trial of new Reliapedia Site
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NEWS - ESTC, SMTA, Reliability Symposium
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FEATURED SERVICE - Reliapedia Site - Improved
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RELIABILITY BLOG - Highlights of Last Quarter's Blogs
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PROBLEM SOLVER - DFR Seminar Problem
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PARTNER'S CORNER - Montage Analytics
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JOB OPENINGS - Ops A La Carte, many others

 

MESSAGE FROM THE FOUNDER

Welcome to our 34th quarterly newsletter. Our newsletter comes out the first week of March, June, September, and December. Comments and suggestions are always welcome.

In January, we launched our site Reliapedia. Since then we have added over 50GBytes of data, videos, and pdf files to the site and will continue to do so. The purpose of this site is not only to be the best source of reliability information, but also the most current. 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 most popular seminars. This site is perfect for those that want to learn at their 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 our Featured Service article to find out more about Reliapedia.

On May 6-10, we held our 7th annual Reliability Sympoosium and had our second largest number of students ever. We also took high resolution videoes of every class and have uploaded onto our Reliapedia site. Check out our Design for Reliability (DFR) seminar at Reliapedia. We use Vimeo for video sharing which has superb video streaming capability. The rest of our seminars we held are shown below and we are working on uploading those videos to our site.

Mechanical Design for Reliability (MDfR) - Learn about FEA, Tolerance/Worst Case Analysis, Probabilistic Design Systems, Fatigue & Fracture.
Design for Warranty Cost Reduction (DfW) - Introduces a proven warranty even cost model that helps identify warranty cost reduction solutions
Design for Software Reliability (DfS) - Highlights best practices in Software Reliability and explains their application and positive impact to each of
the development life cycle phases: Concept, Design, Implementation, and Testing.
Best of Accelerated Reliability Test Methods (BART) - Highly Accelerated Life Testing (HALT), Accelerated Life Testing (ALT), and Reliability Demonstration Testing (RDT) are the best reliability testing techniques. This seminar will explain each and identify when to use which technique.
Root Cause Analysis (RCA) - Looks at RCA from a system and component level, identifying best tools, 5 Whys, 8 Step process, and FRACAS.

With the overwhelming response we got from our MDfR class, we have decided to hold a special follow-on Mechanical Design for Reliability (MDfR) - Special Topics webinar which will be held on Wednesday June 26 from 11:30am-1:30pm PST.  And the best part: it is FREE of Charge!

Last year we launched our DFR ROI Calculator as a means to calculate Return on Investment when implementing a Design for Reliability program. Since then we have used this methodology with a number of new and existing clients and are happy to report that the new technique has been met with a great deal of enthusiasm from all levels of management. We linked this methodology with our Reliability Assessment methodology and have developed a method of analyzing a company's reliability program, providing detailed recommendations for improvements along with a roadmap on how to get there, and now a way to measure the amount of savings when implementing the program. This is a true breakthrough in the world of reliability.

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

- Mike Silverman, Managing Partner/Founder

COURSES

2013 Reliability Symposium

On May 6-10 we held our in 2013 Reliability Symposium in Santa Clara, California. With the overwhelming response we got from our MDfR class, we have decided to hold a special follow-on Mechanical Design for Reliability (MDfR) - Special Topics webinar which will be held on Wednesday June 26 from 11:30am-1:30pm PST.  And the best part: it is FREE of Charge!

The list of all classes we held are shown below. PDF's of the material and high resolution videos are available for all these classes at 2013 Reliability Symposium Slides.

Design for Reliability (DfR)
Mechanical Design for Reliability (MDfR)
Design for Warranty (DfW)
Design for Software Reliability (DfS)
Best Accelerated Reliability Tests (BART)
Root Cause Analysis (RCA)

Contact us for more details on how to download the videos from the class or how to register for the Mechanical Design for Reliability (MDfR) webinar 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 second half of 2013. You can click on the registration page for each event.

Wed June 12:  11:30am EST:  Accelerated Reliability Growth Testing by Milena Krasich of Raytheon IDS.  Register at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/283538530.  Note this is 11:30am EDT, not PDT. 

Wednesday June 26:  11:30am EST:  Mechanical Design for Reliability (MDFR) - Special Topics,  by Dr. Kim Parnell of Ops A La Carte.  Register at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/451077842.

Thurs September 12:  12pm EST:  40 Years of HALT: What Have We Learned? by Mike Silverman.  Register at http://reliabilitycalendar.org/webinars/english/40-years-of-halt-what-have-we-learned/.

For more info, pleaseContact Us Info

And from our partners at Hobbs Engineering

June 6, 2013, 8:30-11:30am Physics of Failure Methods for Building Reliability Into Products, by Dr. Abhijit Dasgupta of CALCE. Webinar only. For more details, please Contact Us Info


SEMINARS

Course: Certified Reliability Engineer (CRE) Preparation Course
Date(s): Aug 13 - Sep 24, 2013
Time: Two offerings - 6pm-10pm PST and 6pm-10pm EST, one night a week, 7 weeks
Instructors: John Cooper on West Coast / Les Warrington on East Coast
Length: 7 weeks
Cost: $900. We offer 25% discount via webinar or for unemployed / for students not getting reimbursed.
Location: Webinar only

Special new options:

2nd class added for our East Coast students at a time convenient for them - 6-10pm EST
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 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.
Course Webpage: CRE 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

This quarter we will be in Minneapolis, Ottawa, Santa Barbara, France, New York, Honolulu, Africa, and San Diego. We will be presenting/exhibiting/visiting at each location. Please see below for more details on the events. Whenever OPS visits a city, we offer 1 hour of free consultation to help you with any aspect of your reliability program. See below for dates.

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 the self assessment and provide us with results, we will also give you a free book.

Jun 5-7 Minneapolis (Mike Silverman, Les Warrington, Jim McLinn and Doug Farel for ARS)
Jun 5-7 Ottawa (Peter Arrowsmith)
Jun 10 Santa Barbara (Mike Silverman, Gil Bastien, and Frank Sykes)
Jun 13-24 France (Mike Silverman)
Jun 25-28 New York (Mike Silverman)
Aug 5-7 Honolulu (Jim McLinn)
Aug 13-31 Africa (Mike Silverman)
Oct 9-11 San Diego (Entire Ops Team at ASTR)

1) June 5-7, 2013:  Applied Reliability Symposium, Minneapolis, MN.  Les Warrington and Mike Silverman of Ops A La Carte will be presenting a paper on “Influencing Project Genetics – Reliability Before Design”. We will also be exhibiting at the event.

For more info, pleaseContact Us Info

2) June 6, 2013, 8:30-11:30am:  Physics of Failure Methods for Building Reliability Into Products, by Dr. Abhijit Dasgupta of CALCE. Webinar only. For more details, please Contact Us Info

3) June 12, 2013, 11:30am EST / 8:30am PST:  Accelerated Reliability Growth Testing by Dr. Milena Krasich of Raytheon. Milenna will be giving this FREE Webinar as part of our ASTR webinar series. This is an abridged version of what Milena will be covering in her tutorial at the 2013 Accelerated Stress Testing and Reliability (ASTR) workshop October 9-11, 2013 in San Diego.

For more details, please Contact Us Info

4) June 13, 2013, 7pm PST, IEEE Reliability Society Meeting - our guest speaker will be Dr. Kim Parnell and the topic is "Mechanical Design for Reliability - Beating the Tough Problems". June 13 at 7pm at Agilent Cupertino.

About Event: IEEE Reliability Soceity holds meetings once a month. The link to the events is at: http://www.ewh.ieee.org/r6/scv/rl/index.htm.

For more info, please Contact Us Info

5) June 26, 2013:  11:30am PST:  Mechanical Design for Reliability (MDFR) - Special Topics,  by Dr. Kim Parnell of Ops A La Carte.  Register at https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/451077842.  Topics will include:

  • Tolerance & Worst-Case Analysis (WCA)
  • Probabilistic Design Systems
  • Probability Distributions

and ending with:

  • Open Q&A

This is not our full-day Mechanical Design for Reliability (MDfR) class, but it will give you a better feel for the importance of Mechanical Reliability in an overall Reliability Program.

Besides regularly scheduled classes, Ops A La Carte is happy to work with you to develop a customized version of our  Mechanical Design for Reliability (MDfR) class for presentation in-house at your facility.  A customized, in-house class can be a very cost-effective way to expose your staff to the MDfR concepts with a specific focus on your company's unique products and issues.

This Webinar will be presented by Dr. T. Kim Parnell.  Please refer to his Biography at Ops A La Carte Team

6) August 5-7, 2013, International Society of Science and Technology (ISSAT) - Honolulu

Jim McLinn of Ops A La Carte will be presenting a paper entitled Repairable Medical System Reliability.

For more info, pleaseContact Us Info

7) Sept 12, 2013 12pm EST / 9am PST:  40 Years of HALT: What Have We Learned? by Mike Silverman.  Register at http://reliabilitycalendar.org/webinars/english/40-years-of-halt-what-have-we-learned/

HALT began 40 years ago with a simple idea of testing beyond specifications in order to better understand design margins. Over the past 40 years, thousands of engineers around the world have been exposed to the concepts of HALT and have tried the techniques.

This webinar will explore what we have learned in the past 40 Years and what the future of HALT could be?

This will be a shortened version of the 2 hour tutorial we will be giving as part of the IEEE ASTR Workshop (www.ieee-astr.org) on Oct 9-11, 2013.
For more info, pleaseContact Us Info

8) Oct 9-11, 2013 Accelerated Stress Test and Reliability (ASTR) Workshop, 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 Boston, Cleveland, Dallas, and Las Vegas. This quarter we will be in Minneapolis, Ottawa, Santa Barbara, France, New York, Honolulu, Africa, and San Diego.We will be presenting/exhibiting/visiting at each location. Please see below for more details on the events. Whenever OPS visits a city, we offer 1 hour of free consultation to help you with any aspect of your reliability program.

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 the self assessment and provide us with results, we will also give you a free book.

Please refer to the EVENTS section for the exact dates. If you are interested in having us stop by please 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.

 May 20-23, 2013:  Electronic System Technologies Conference and Exhibition (ESTC), Las Vegas, NV.  We gave a seminar on Design for Reliability (DFR) and presented a paper on FMEA and also exhibited at the event.

You can view slides at Reliability Seminar at ESTC. We use slideshare and have loaded on our Reliapedia site. Follow instructions for a free 3 day membership. If you join ($25 per month) you can view all material on our site Reliapedia.

The winner of our "closest to the pin" putting contest was Ron Hunadi from Indium Corp with a putt of 2". Ron won a dozen new engraved Top Flite golf balls. Congratulations Ron.


 May 16 and May 23, 2013:  Design for Reliability Webtorial, OPS gave a two part Webtorial through SMTA on Design for Reliability (DFR). 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 webtorial was to provide you awareness of DFR as well as the framework of how to build a DFR program within your organization.


 May 6-10, 2013:  Ops A La Carte Annual Reliability Symposium, We held our 7th annual newsletter where we held 6 of our top seminars.

• Design for Reliability (DfR): May 6-7
• Mechanical Design for Reliability (MDfR): May 9
• Design for Warranty (DfW): May 10 morning
• Design for Software Reliability (DfS): May 10 afternoon
• Best Accelerated Reliability Tests (BART): May 8-9
• Root Cause Analysis (RCA): May 10

With the overwhelming response we got from our MDfR class, we have decided to hold a special follow-on Mechanical Design for Reliability (MDfR) - Special Topics webinar which will be held on Wednesday June 26 from 11:30am-1:30pm PST.  And the best part: it is FREE of Charge!

 May 1, 2013: Ops A La Carte is proud to announce Jay Muns as our new Project Manager for Northern California. In order to keep up with higher demand for business in the bay area we have brought on a new Project Manager.


Jay Muns
Senior Project Manager

Jay brings us 35 years of experience in high tech industries including semiconductors, systems, CAD, and Electronic Design Services. He has worked on a wide range of product disciplines including military, consumer, telecommunications, and medical products. His experience includes semiconductor design, operations management, test engineering, marketing, product line management, program/project management, and business development at companies such as NCR Microelectronics, Harris Semiconductor, Cadence Design Systems, Network Equipment Technologies, and Nuvation Engineering. Jay is responsible for Project Management in Northern California.

 Apr 29 to May 2, 2013: ESTECH Conference, San Diego. Dave Kinghorn of OPS gave a presentation on Accelerated Life Testing. This was part of the partnership between IEST and ASTR.

 Apr 4, 2013:  2013 Electronics Design and Manufacturing Technical Conference (EDMTC), We gave a seminar on Design for Reliability principles and exhibited at the show. Also, we gave away a free copy of Mike Silverman's book "How Reliable Is Your Product: 50 Ways to Improve Product Reliability", and the lucky winner was Chris Prumlee of Geophysical.

You can view slides at Reliability Seminar at EDMTC. We use slideshare and have loaded on our Reliapedia site. Follow instructions for a free 3 day membership. If you join ($25 per month) you can view all material on our site Reliapedia.

Mar 26, 2013:  Bio2Device Group Talk on Reliability OPS' Mike Silverman presented on "Medical Reliability Testing", the latest trends in reliability for medical devices.

.Also, we gave away a free copy of Mike Silverman's book "How Reliable Is Your Product: 50 Ways to Improve Product Reliability", and the lucky winner was Sergei Matusewicz.

Mar 21, 2013:  ASQ Rel Soc Webinar Free Webinar Tutorial on Accelerated Rel Techniques in the 21st Century

Our guest speakers were:

Lou LaVallee, Ops A La Carte - Topic: Robust Design
Mike Silverman, Ops A La Carte - Topic: 40 Years of HALT
Doug Goodman, Ridgetop Group - Topic: Prognostics
Milena Krasich, Raytheon - Topic: Accelerated Growth

This is the tutorial line-up for the October 2013 Accelerated Stress Testing and Reliability (ASTR) Workshop. This was a sneak preview of that event. Tutorial was co-sponsored by ASQ Reliability Division and IEEE ASTR Workshop.


 Mar 13, 2013: We provided a free webinar on FMEA of FMEA’s: How FMEA's Can Go Wrong.  This was part of our FREE Webinar Series.

You can view slides at FMEA of FMEA's. We use slideshare and have loaded on our Reliapedia site. Follow instructions for a free 3 day membership. If you join ($25 per month) you can view all material on our site Reliapedia.

 Mar 7, 2013: International Reliability Innovations Conference (IRIC), Les Warrington of Ops presented a paper on “Influencing Project Genetics – Reliability Before Design”.

You can view slides at Reliability Seminar at Reliability Innovations Conference. We use slideshare and have loaded on our Reliapedia site. Follow instructions for a free 3 day membership. If you join ($25 per month) you can view all material on our site Reliapedia.

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

In January, we launched our site Reliapedia. Since then we have added over 50GBytes of data, videos, and pdf files to the site and will continue to do so. The purpose of this site is not only to be the best source of reliability information, but also the most current.

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 most popular seminars. This site is perfect for those that want to learn at their 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 I (Silver) Members can view all content and watch all videos.

Level II (Gold) 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 III (Platinum) 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. To access, 

  1. Go to RELIAPEDIA 
  2. Click on Membership Site and then choose Membership Levels
  3. Click the "Select" button to the right of the Free Trial line
  4. Create your user name and password
  5. Once you get confirmation that your account was set up, then you can click on the two files below to access.   

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

How Many Sections are in our Design for Reliability Class ?

Hint: Go to our Reliapedia site under Seminars/DFR to find out. The first 5 people that provide the correct answer will win a free copy of Mike Silverman's book "How Reliable Is Your Product: 50 Ways to Improve Product Reliability"

What is the operational health of your practice? Montage Analytics' free management of an accounting practice (M.A.P.) tool will assess the operational health of your practice and its vulnerability to future client, third party and other operational issues. Ops A La Carte and Montage Analytics partner when performing joint assessments. Ops assesses product and process risk. Montage assesses operational health risks. The two go together to create a completion risk solution.

 

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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