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Winter 2010 - 2011

Welcome to our Winter 2010 - 2011 Newsletter Summary

We sincerely hope everyone has had a great holiday season!

How Reliable Is Your Product: 50 Ways to Improve Your Product Reliability
The latest book by Mike Silverman has been released and is available for purchase.

You can preview the First 3 Chapters at How Reliable Is Your Product.

Clients ask us often how to evaluate their reliability program. The best method is a Reliability Assessment. We created this quick Self-Assessment tool you can use to get a baseline of your reliability program.

Last month was our Medical Reliability month where we had 3 great events around medical reliability - a webinar, a presentation at the BIOMEDevice Show, and our successful Medical Device Open House. We will close our Medical Reliability month with an article by Ops A La Carte's medical reliability guru Chet Haibel entitled "Two Medical Device Development Tips"

During January, Mike will be in Taiwan, China, and Japan to visit clients and give presentations. See the seminars section for more details. At the end of January, we will be at RAMS giving a record 8 presentations among all our consultants.

Also, we just released our free webinar series calendar where we will be giving a free webinar each month. Our 2011 Education Schedule is now available including our annual reliability symposium.

Here is a list of events happening this winter:

Seminar at Toyo in Tokyo - January 18, 2011 - Tokyo, Japan
Mike Silverman will be presenting a seminar on "HALT Integrated into a Reliability Program"

Seminar on Testing at NTS - February 10, 2011 - Fullerton, CA
Steve Brenner and Mike Silverman of Ops will give a free seminar at NTS in Fullerton on accelerated testing and the importance of a good test plan. This seminar is open to outside participants and will be set up as a webinar as well.

2011 Free Webinar Series - First Tuesday of Each Month 11:30am-1pm PST
On the first Tuesday of each month, we will bring you a free webinar topic. Below is our current line-up for the first half of 2011. We will publish a registration page as we get closer to each event.

Tuesday February 1st - Soft Errors in Modern Memory Technology, by Ops A La Carte's Charlie Slayman
Tuesday March 1st - Warranty, Reliability, and Serviceability – How the 3 Tie Together, by Ops A La Carte, Innovation Blue, and the Hartsfield Company.
Tuesday April 5th - Solar Reliability– Reliability Challenges in the Solar Industry, by Ops A La Carte and Concurrent Design
Tuesday May 3rd - Design for 6 Sigma (DfSS) and Design for Reliability (DfR) – Similarities and Differences, by Ops A La Carte
Tuesday June 7th - How to Use HALT with Prognostics, by Ops A La Carte and the Ridgetop Group

Certified Reliability Engineer (CRE) Preparation Course
Date(s): January 11 - February 22,2011 (Tuesday nights)
Instructor: John Cooper,Ops A La Carte
Length: 7 weeks
Cost: $1295
Location: San Jose, CA
(for those out of area, course is now offered via internet)

The Certified Reliability Engineer is a professional who understands the principles of product reliability. We have been offering this Exam Preparation Course for over 12 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. More info: CRE Course by Ops A La Carte

To view a list of all our seminars, go to Ops A La Carte Course List

Reliability, Maintainability, and Availability Symposium (RAMS)
Date: January 24-27, 2011, Orlando, Florida
RAMS is the premier event in the reliability, availability, and maintainability engineering disciplines. Combining tutorials, presentations, CEUs, certifications, and networking into one week-long program, the RAMS delivers cutting edge information to all technical industries.

Ops will have a booth at this event and will be giving the following Tutorials, Technical Presentations, and Panel Discussions

- Introduction to RAM Management by Fred Schenkelberg
- Effective Reliability Program Traits by Fred Schenkelberg
- System Safety Engineering by Dev Raheja

- Electromechanical Device Design Methods for Reliability Improvement by Lou LaVallee
- Green Reliability by Mike Silverman
- Soft Error Trends and Mitigation Techniques in Memory Devices by Charlie Slayman
- Achieving World Class LCD TV Reliability in a Low Cost Manufacturing Environment by Martin Shaw


- How to Effectively Implement DFR and DFSS in a Systems Eng Environment by Fred Schenkelberg

Components for Military and Space Electronics (CMSE) February 7-10, 2011 Los Angeles, CA
CMSE is the premier conference on the engineering, design and use of electronic components in military and space systems. We will be presenting a paper at this event - Soft Errors in Modern Memory Technology by Charlie Slayman

Implantable Medical Device Design for Reliability - Thursday March 3, 2011, Location TBD
This is part of SMP Tech's Meet the Experts series. For more info, please Contact Us Info

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

What is HALT and what is not HALT?, Mike Silverman
Don’t Jump Into Condensing Humidity Testing, by Steve Brenner
Half Sine Shock Pulse Testing – WHY?, by Steve Brenner

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