Monthly Archives: October 2010

We have 3 great medical events in the month of November

1) On November 1st, we will host a free webinar entitled “Best Reliability Practices for Medical Devices.

2) On November 10-11th, we will be exhibiting and speaking at the San Jose BIOMEDevice Show. Our presentation will be on “Outsourcing product development to a multidiscipline team of specialists: A success story” at BIOMEDevice’s Innovation Briefsfrom 12:45 pm – 1:15 pm on Thursday, November 11, 2010. We will be in booth #1210.

3) On November 12th, we will be having a Medical Device Open House at Ops A La Carte’s headquarters in Santa Clara, CA. This will be a great mix between service providers in the medical market along with customers showing off new products – a great networking event for folks in the medical market.

Inquire more about any of these events through our information page on our site at: Ops A La Carte Medical Reliability Events

When we think of HALT, we think of HALT Chambers and the stresses they provide – cold temperature, hot temperature, rapid thermal transitions, vibration stress, and combined thermal and vibration environments.

We need to expand our thinking of HALT into meaning any stress that can accelerate finding defects (in other words, to find design weaknesses before your customers find them).

Many other stresses can be used for HALT including: ESD, drop testing, bend testing, water ingress testing, and more. In this presentation, we will explore some of the HALT stresses we can apply in addition to temperature and vibration.

We will also explore some misuses of typical HALT chambers and how HALT practitioners believe just because they are using HALT chambers, they think they are performing HALT. If you are not performing HALT with the intention of discovering and expanding product margins, you are not performing HALT no matter what equipment you are using. In this presentation, we will explore some of the common errors HALT practitioners make that takes them off the path of performing HALT.

By: Mike Silverman

This blog is part of a presentation to be given by Mike at the annual Accelerated Stress Testing and Reliability (ASTR) Workshop in Denver Oct 6-8. Presentation will be posted on Ops A La Carte’s website under technical presentations.