August / September 2016
Certified Reliability Engineer (CRE) Preparation Course for Fall 2016 – Registration Is Open!!
Date(s): Tentatively starting in August 2016 and running through the end of September 2016; ASQ CRE Exam is scheduled for Oct 1, 2016
Time: 3:00pm-7:00pm Pacific time
Instructor: Les Warrington
Length: 8 sessions
Cost: $900. We offer 25% discount for unemployed or for students not getting reimbursed.
Location: Via webinar

Exam Application Deadline: August 12, 2016

Becoming certified as a Reliabililty Engineer (CRE) can be valuable to your employer and your career. We have been offering this Exam Preparation Course for 15 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.

May 4, 2016
FREE RELIABILITY WEBINAR – “Advantages of IEEE P1633 for Practicing Software Reliability”
Host: Ops A La Carte
Speaker: Ann Marie Neufelder, Founder, SoftRel LLC
Date: May 4, 2016
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm Pacific Time
Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8970286823844085251

Software reliability engineering has existed for almost 50 years. Software reliability metrics such as failure rate, MTBF, availability and reliability have been used successfully in industry to plan, manage and demonstrate the achievement of system reliability objectives. The newly revised IEEE 1633 Recommended Practice for Software Reliability provides actionable step by step procedures for employing software reliability models and analyses during any phase of software or firmware development with any software lifecycle model for any industry or application type.

It includes easy to use models for predicting software reliability early in development and during test and operation. It also provides for methods to analyze software failure modes and include software in a system fault tree analysis.

For persons who are acquiring software it provides the ability to assess the reliability of COTS, FOSS, and contractor or subcontractor delivered software.

This presentation will cover the key features of the IEEE 1633 Recommended Practices for software reliability.

To Register and for more info, please call 408.654.0499, x203

April 6, 2016
FREE RELIABILITY WEBINAR – “Conducting an Effective DVT”
Host: Ops A La Carte
Speaker: Gerry Cohen, Senior Reliability Engineer
Date: April 6, 2016
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm Pacific Time
Register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1255349082256235777

A Design Verification Testing (DVT) is usually an integral part of many technology provider’s qualification process.

But how effective is it in light of design, manufacturing, suppliers and customers?

This webinar will explore several methods and tools useful in conducting DVT.

To Register and for more info, please call 408.654.0499, x203

We look forward to seeing you at all of our events!

Jay and all the Ops Staff

April 6, 2016

Date(s): Tentatively once session per week starting April 6, 2016, through Jun 1, 2016; ASQ CRE Exam is scheduled for Jun 4, 2016
Time: 3:00pm-7:00pm Pacific time
Instructor: Greg Swartz and Pat McMahon
Length: 9 sessions
Cost: $900. We offer 25% discount for unemployed or for students not getting reimbursed.
Location: Via webinar

Description: Becoming certified as a Quality Engineer (CQE) can be valuable to your employer and your career. We have been offering this Exam Preparation Course for 15 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 Quality Engineering, this can benefit you substantially.
To Register and for more info, please call 408.654.0499, x203

March 3, 2016

Food sponsored by I.C.E. Labs, ISO 9001 & 17025 Reliability Test Lab

Title: Physics- based life distribution and reliability modeling of solid state drives
Invited Speaker: Dr. Alexander Parkhomovsky, Ph.D., Engineering Development Manager at Lumentum
Date: Thursday, March 3, 2016
Time: Check in and food at 6:00PM – 6:30 PM. Presentation from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Location: Qualcomm Inc., 3165 Kifer Rd, Santa Clara, CA, 95051 (Meeting will be in the cafeteria, Building B)

Admission: Open to all IEEE members and non-members

Abstract: The model of solid state drive (SSD) life time distribution from physics-based life model considering the random nature of real world customer data usage and product inherent physical properties is developed. The talk is focused on the following two cases:

Case 1: When only field write duty cycle is treated as a random variable while assuming all other physical characteristics are non-random, it is found that the SSD life time follows . Reciprocal-Weibull distribution when field Write Duty Cycle follows Weibull distribution, . Reciprocal-Exponential distribution when field Write Duty Cycle follows Exponential distribution, . Lognormal distribution when field Write Duty Cycle follows Lognormal distribution, . Reciprocal-Normal Distribution when field Write Duty Cycle follows Normal distribution. The corresponding mathematical expressions for reliability, unreliability, hazard rate, MTTF, etc. are derived for each scenario accordingly.

Case 2: In real world, SSD endurance rating is also a random variable due to part-to-part variance from material in-homogeneity and inherent defects from manufacturing process. Given the distributions of field customer write duty cycle (stress) and SSD endurance rating (strength), the distribution of lifetime random variable can be derived either analytically, if closed form solution exists, or numerically using Monte Carlo simulation if no closed form solution exists. This paper provides a special case where the analytic solution exists when both random variables follow Lognormal distribution. A numerical example is given to show the application of the models developed in this paper. The results derived in this paper will benefit the SSD industry in various aspects of product design, development, reliability testing and prediction, field return/failure estimation and warranty management.

For more information and to register, visit: Eventbrite Registration

April 6, 2016

Date(s): Tentatively one session per week starting April 6, 2016, through Jun 1, 2016; ASQ CRE Exam is scheduled for Jun 4, 2016
Time: 3:00pm-7:00pm Pacific time
Instructor: Greg Swartz and Pat McMahon
Length: 9 sessions
Cost: $900. We offer 25% discount for unemployed or for students not getting reimbursed.
Location: Via webinar

Becoming certified as a Quality Engineer (CQE) can be valuable to your employer and your career. We have been offering this Exam Preparation Course for 15 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 Quality Engineering, this can benefit you substantially.

To Register and for more info, please call 408.654.0499, x203

We look forward to seeing you at all of our events!

Jay and all the Ops Staff

March 17, 2016

Date: Thursday, March 17, 2016
Time: 8:00 AM – 45:00 PM (Breakfast & Lunch are provided)
Location: Juniper Networks (1194 North Mathilda Ave, Sunnyvale 94089. Building 1, Tuolumne Room)
Attendance: Registration is Free!! Attend on-site or Remote via WebEx

Join us on Thursday, March 17, 2016 for a day of learning, innovation and networking at the 5th Annual IEEE International Reliability Innovations Conference. The conference serves as a leading platform for engineering professionals to share innovative concepts, design, methodologies, tools and applications to address challenges in reliability. Engage in technical sessions, workshops, seminars and panel sessions on the latest advancement and network with like-minded professionals from all over the world.

The conference is brought to you by Cisco Systems, Juniper Networks and OPS Ala carte in collaboration with the IEEE Reliability Society (SCV Chapters), along with our prominent sponsors.

We look forward to seeing you at all of our events!

Jay and all the Ops Staff

March 9, 2016

Host: Ops A La Carte
Speaker: John Cooper, Senior Reliability Engineer
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm Pacific Time
Register:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8806845518889777665

Many of us are involved in HALT testing; sometimes we wonder if we are doing it correctly or why it is done a certain way. Some of us may not understand it and would like a basic review.

This webinar will include an introduction to HALT, an understanding of what it will do, and what it will not do, and how to plan for it. We will explore fixturing, setup, functional verification, and the actual running of the test. We will discuss the real value of HALT.

Advanced topics will be touched on such as pitfalls of HALT, how it can be misunderstood, and some case studies.

Tune in to this webinar for a refresher; invite your associates, such as design engineers or project managers, who would appreciate understanding HALT and might have questions.

To Register and for more info, please call 408.654.0499, x203

We look forward to seeing you at all of our events!

Jay and all the Ops Staff

FREE WEBINAR – February 10, 2016

Host: Ops A La Carte
Speaker: James McLinn, Senior Reliability Engineer
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm Pacific Time
Register: gotowebinar.com

Selecting a set of stresses for accelerated life testing can be a challenge for some accelerated life tests. Determining the best set of stresses is only the start of the reliability challenge. Should one employ a combination of temperature and vibration, temperature and humidity, mechanical stress and temperature, corrosive materials and temperature, temperature cycles and vibration or some other stress combination? If one important goal of the ALT is to simulate the customer environment and thereby extrapolate the test results to the field, then selecting the best combination of stresses is important.

Not all customers have the same set of conditions in the field. Many customers experience more than two operating stresses in the field. It may be that four or more stresses may be present. Thus, selecting only two stresses will represent a compromise to field simulation. Add high levels of acceleration in each selected stress and complications arise. There may also be issues with non-linear behavior appearing in the test results.

This webinar will present approaches to selecting the best set of two stresses, showing ways to limit the test conditions and then handling some of the data analysis issues resulting from any non-linear test results. All of these considerations are important to achieving successful ALT results and then extrapolating these to the field.

January 30, 2016
Fracture Mechanics & Fatigue: Theory and Modeling for Mechanical Engineers
by Dr. Metin Ozen, ASME Fellow, Principal
Ozen Engineering Inc, Sunnyvale, CA
(co-sponsored ASME SCV Chapter)

Date: Saturday, January 30, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Santa Clara University, CA 95054
Admission: ASME or IEEE Member: $80 per person, Non-Member: $120 per person; Student, Unemployed or Retired Member: $45 per person.

All in-person attendees will receive a light lunch. Breaks with snacks and drinks will be part of the seminar experience.

This course covers detailed information on the Fracture Mechanics and Fatigue theory as well as numerical modeling. The course reviews the fundamentals of fracture mechanics and fatigue; history, derivation of mathematical expressions for stress intensity factors; 2D versus 3D, crack tip stress field, three modes of fracture, maximum principal stress criterion, crack initiation and crack propagation, strain energy density theorem, J-Integral, mixed mode cracking, XFEM method, cohesive zone modeling, implementation of crack modeling in ANSYS Workbench, fatigue crack growth, stress/strain/energy based fatigue, numerical modeling of fatigue.

Attendees will receive instructions to download free 30 days ANSYS/Mechanical software license at the end of the seminar (restrictions apply). Attendees will not need either the software installed on their system or experience with ANSYS to attend the seminar. Software can be downloaded after the seminar to practice the workshop problems demonstrated during the course.

Register here! Please do NOT remove the promotional code ‘IEEE’ listed above the ‘Order Now’ button on the registration page.