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Spring 2011

Welcome to our Spring 2011 Newsletter Summary

Perhaps the most important milestone of the past few months is the release of "How Reliable Is Your Product: 50 Ways to Improve Your Product Reliability". Mike wrote this book reflected on the past 10 years of his experience with reliability. We are all very pleased with the book and of the great reviews we are getting from reputable reliability magazines such as PCB News review, ECN Magazine review, SMT Magazine review and Amazon.com review.

The first three chapters of the book can be reviewed without charge and the book is available for purchase from SuperStar Press or Amazon.com.

We have had a busy winter season. Mike Silverman visited Chroma in Taiwan, Sinorel in China, and Toyo Corporation in Japan. Mike had 42 top Japanese engineers attend a one day seminar on HALT Integreated into a Reliability Program. It went over very well and the entire trip was a huge success.

We have a milestone birthay rapidly approaching when on May 1st we will turn 10 years old! We have grown from an idea into a global consulting firm with customers in over 30 countries and over 100 industries. We can't be happier with reaching this time and thank all of our clients for helping us to achieve what we have, and the privilege of helping all of you.

We were also at RAMS this winter and are proud to say our consultants gave a record number of presentations.

Looking forward we have a lot to offer you this coming quarter. One great effort on our part is our Free Webinars which will be held on the first Wednesday of each month. The first three will be focused on Solar Reliability, DfSS and Prognostics.

Here is a quick schedule of upcoming events. You can find more information within our site and particularly in our regular newsletter for the winter of 2011.

May 9-13 - Santa Clara, CA

  • Design for Reliability (DfR): May 9-10
  • Design for 6 Sigma (DfSS): May 11
  • Design for Mechanical Reliability (DfMR): May 12
  • Design for Warranty (DfW): May 13 morning
  • Design for Software Reliability (DfS): May 13 afternoon

  • Design of Experiments (DOE): May 9-10
  • Best Accelerated Reliability Tests (BART): May 11-12
  • Root Cause Analysis (RCA): May 13

Reliability Seminar Series, Singapore
Ricky Chew from our Singapore office will be teaching the following seminars next quarter.
  • Design for Climatic Testing April 20
  • Best Accelerated Reliability Tests (BART) May 18
  • Root Cause Analysis (RCA) June 15
  • Design for Reliability (DfR) July 20

2011 Free Webinar Series - First Wednesday of Each Month 11:30am-1pm PST
Tuesday April 5th - Reliability in the Universe of Solar Products, by Ops A La Carte and Concurrent Design (note that for this event only, it will be the First Tuesday of the Month). Register at: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/524265507
Wednesday May 4th - Reliability and Quality Engineering Integration using DFSS and DFR Methods, by Ops A La Carte. Register at: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/942985923
Wednesday June 1st - How to Use HALT with Prognostics, by Ops A La Carte and the Ridgetop Group. Register at: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/799653242

Certified Quality Engineer (CQE) Preparation Course - Apr 12 - May 24, 2011
Time: 6pm-10pm one night a week, 7 weeks
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.

Reliability and Safety Workshop, Greenwich London UK - April 14, 2011
Safety and reliability are essentially emergent properties of a product, process, system or undertaking. Safety as a duty of care placed on all purveyors of products and services is regulated by law, whereas reliability has been regulated by the market it is no longer solely a commercial choice. Consequently, there are many synergies between the two domains that had been viewed as separate disciplines. This joint workshop will explore the common grounds between these two essential properties with the help of industrial and academic experts and aim to provide systemic insights into an integrated approach.

MD&M New York - June 6, 2011
As one of industry's original medical device conference, MD&M East is dedicated to offering the East Coast's premier conference program for research and development, design, engineering, manufacturing, and regulatory affairs professionals within the medical manufacturing industry. Attendees will benefit from a unique combination of presentations from high-level medical device industry professionals, the FDA, and some of industry's leading experts.

Applied Reliability Symposium (ARS), San Diego - June 7-9, 2011
The ARS provides a forum for expert presenters from industry and government to come together with reliability practitioners from all over the world to discuss the application of reliability principles to meet real world challenges.

Prognostics and Health Management (PHM) Conference - June 20-23, 2011
Enhancing Safety, Efficiency, Availability, and Effectiveness of Systems through PHM Technology and Application

IEEE Reliability Society Monthly Talks - 1st Thursday of every month 7-9pm PST
We hold meetings once a month, first Thursday of every month (with the exception of the January meeting). Ops A La Carte's managing partner Mike Silverman is Chair of the society chapter and Ops A La Carte's Fred Schenkelberg is Vice Chair.

2011 Lunch and Learn Series - 2nd Thursday of Each Month 11:30am-1:30pm PST
On the 2nd Thursday of each month, the Product Realization Group will host a Lunch and Learn Series with different topics each month. We will post the 2011 line-up in the next few weeks.

With the economy picking up, we find many of our customers so buried that they don't have time to stop to ask for help or get the paperwork put through to get the funding. Well now we have a simple solution. From now through the end of May we are offering 1 hour of free consultation to anyone who mentions this offer. No strings attached. We will come in and give you our expert advice on any issues you are having.

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