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Education & Seminars Overview

Reliability Integration Through Education Course List

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In-House courses are customized and combined with other courses as required to meet client's goals. Courses cover principals, theory, and applications with lectures/workshops.

See Course Outlines for details, materials, instructors, prerequisites, etc.

Problem Solving Tools - A Team Approach
Problem Solving Tools provide you with the essential steps for an effective Team - based problem solving methodology. The course presents a number of problem solving techniques to identify key variables for process control and quality improvement. Basic quantitative and qualitative tools will be presented to help participants make sound decisions for implementing effective corrective action plans.

Applied Data Analysis
This course provides a useful set of statistical tools for both manufacturing operations, and analytical tools for Research. Many Excel examples are provided so that participants walk away with hands-on statistical techniques for key product and process parameters. The course provides review of Central Limit Theorem and Control Charts, but quickly jumps into descriptive statistics and confidence interval generation. Course includes design and analysis of test data, plus sample size determination.

Design for Safety
Dramatic savings can occur through creative design practices that focus on inherent product risks very early in the design process, and on ways to minimize each risk factor. At a time when safety recalls are becoming an increasingly costly and damaging problem for companies in a variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, production lines, and many others. This seminar reveals how significant cost savings can be obtained by designing for safety.

Reliability Tools and Integration for Overall Reliability
Understand life-cycle cost analysis and how to apply and integrate the best reliability tools (both Classical and Accelerated) to optimize a program.

Reliability Tools and Integration for Concept Phase
Study tools used to define the reliability of a product. The output of this phase is the overall Reliability Program and Integration Plan which specifies the tools to use, who will use and benefit from them, and the goals and specifications of each.

Reliability Tools and Integration for Design Phase
Study tools used after the reliability goals have been defined and before functional prototypes are available. Predictions and other forms of reliability analysis are performed in this phase.

Reliability Tools and Integration for Prototype Phase
Study tools used for testing (after functional prototypes are available) to maximize product and process robustness. HALT and RDT are performed in this phase.

Reliability Tools and Integration for Manufacturing Phase
Study a combination of analytical and test tools used in the manufacturing environment to continually assess and improve product reliability. HASS and ORT are performed in this phase.

Reliability Techniques for Beginners
Study key concepts: distributions, modeling, predictions, data analysis. This teaches you the basics of reliability/statistics to better prepare you for some of our more advanced topics such as DfR and DOE.

Reliability Statistics
Study sampling, hypotheses, confidence, and Design of Experiments.

Use Failure Modes Effects and Criticality Analysis to develop Risk Management Programs.

CRE Exam Preparation
Preparation for passing the ASQ Certified Reliability Engineer Exam

CQE Exam Preparation
Preparation for passing the ASQ Certified Quality Engineer Exam.

Design for Reliability
DfR highlights a series of Selected Reliability topics and explains when to use them. Topics include: FMEA, Design Defect Tracking (FRACAS), Thermal Design, Component Stress Derating, Design of Experiments/Reliability Statistics, Supplier Reliability Management, Environmental Testing, and HALT.

Design for Manufacturability
DfM can reduce many costs, since products can be quickly assembled from fewer parts. Thus, products are easier to build and assemble, in less time, with better quality. Parts are designed for ease of fabrication and commonality with other designs. DFM encourages standardization of parts, maximum use of purchased parts, modular design, and standard design features. In this course, designers will learn how to save time and money by not having to "re-invent the wheel." The result is a broader product line that is responsive to customer needs.

Design for Testability
Our DfT course is based on Pat O'Connor's book "Test Engineering" and covers the following topics: Stress-strength and failure of materials and electronics, Variation and reliability, Design analysis, Development test principles, Materials and systems test, Electronics test, Software, Manufacturing test, Testing in service, Data collection and analysis, Managing tests, and Laws, regulations, standards.

Design for Warranty Cost Reduction
DfW introduces a proven warranty event cost model and supporting methodologies that help teams identify warranty cost reduction solutions which integrate both component fail rate reduction strategies and strategies that shift the support process mix to less expensive processes.

Design for 6 Sigma
DfSS is a powerful problem solving methodology aimed at tackling core product development issues. This program helps Six Sigma practitioners apply DfSS concepts so that they can foresee and eliminate potential defects before and during the design process.

Design for "X"
There are literally dozens of different 'Design for X' methodologies, and depending on which market segment you are in, some may be more important that others. This course will highlight the important aspects of each and will show you which is more important when and more importantly, how to integrate each DfX tool together to maximize effectiveness while minimizing redundancy of work.

Design of Experiments
Includes basic statistics behind a DOE as well as workshop in which we perform a DOE on a specific product.

Mechanical Design for IC Packaging
Reliability techniques at the IC Packaging level are different from those at the board/system level. We shall explore the best tools and techniques to use at the IC Packaging Level

HALT and HASS Application
Specifically targeted for those with the basic education in HALT and HASS to show how to apply the techniques on products.

Statistics for 6 Sigma
This hands-on course focuses on the essential statistical tools for implementing your Six Sigma program! Whether you are a Novice or an Expert, you will learn how to use Excel spreadsheet statistical applications to your advantage!

Fundamentals of Climatic Testing
Review of the different types of climatic tests and when and how to apply them. Tests include temperature, temperature shock, humidity, altitude, rain, solar, salt/fog, ice, dust/sand, and more.

Design for Vibration and Shock
Highlights the different types of vibration tests and different type of equipment and fixtures. Reviews combined testing as well as fatigue calculations.

Software Reliability
Nearly every electronic system today contains software (firmware) as part of the system. Depending on your product's complexity the software reliability performance may dominate field failures and warranty costs. Whereas many traditional hardware centric reliability practices apply in the software world, there are unique applications of these tools, plus elements of a reliability program that are unique to the software engineering team. This course will explore the different software tools to designing better software and then measuring the reliability of the software you designed. We will also show you some of the new advances in using HALT to improve your software reliability.

Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS)
Like the rest of the electronics industry, your products will transition to Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) compliance prior to the deadlines in 2006. This includes the transition to Lead-Free Solder, and at this time, there are significant reliability uncertainties around Lead-Free Solder. Even if your product does not need to be compliant, the materials and processes that make up your product are changing. As one major consumer product team concluded, doing nothing would double the field failure rate of the electronics. Given limited resources, you and your team may not have the time or expertise to determine the areas of greatest risk and how best to manage the transition.

Root Cause Analysis
RCA is a structured, team-based and streamlined approach for solving chronic failure problems in a process, product, or service. RCA applies practical, systematic methods for analyzing performance problems to uncover root causes. It prioritizes which problems should be analyzed first, and then explores effective ways of gathering data for root cause determination. Finally, RCA resolves to the primary root cause where the problem is found and fixed.

Statistical Process Control
This Statistical Process Control (SPC) course presents a number of valuable tools to assist you in evaluating process variation and to make sound decisions based on your data.

Mechanical Design for Reliability
The techniques used to address mechanical components in the evaluation of System Reliability are both similar to and remarkably different from those used for Electrical components. This seminar describes these "Mechanically oriented" techniques highlighting the similarities and differences between the two disciplines.