Mike Silverman visited a dozen companies on the east coast of the US in May to provide consulting and to listen to what clients are doing and what their needs are.
Mike visited companies from Rhode Island to Toronto and provided hour long consultations. Being always interested in how to better serve our customers, Mike listened closely to what everyone had to say about what their needs are.
Based on these visits, we will be coming out with a new framework of services to better serve our clients long-term goals. Stay-tuned for more about this.
We have developed a self assessment test that can help you to see where your company stands in your quest to develop reliable products. The test is quick and allows you to easily see where you stand. The test is here: Self Assessment Test.
We developed this quick test because may clients have asked us how they can evaluate their own reliability program. The best method is a Reliability Assessment. We created this tool for you to get a basic baseline about your reliability program.
Date(s): Tuesday, September 27, 2011 to Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Time: 6pm-8pm two nights a week (Tues/Thurs) for 10 weeks
Instructor: 5 different modules, 5 different PRG instructors
Length: 10 weeks
Location: Foothill College, Los Altos, CA
PRC-01: Engineering Development Sept. 27th
PRC-02: Product Reliability Oct. 11th
PRC-03: Data Mgmt. & Collaboration Oct. 25th
PRC-04: Supply Chain Management Nov. 8th
PRC-05: Business Compliance Nov. 29th
You can grow the knowledge and skills of your people by providing the following learning experience – Benefits to Participants:
- What is the Product Realization Process?
- How to effectively bring new products to market?
- What are the tools for collaboration and team based development?
- Learn Current Best Practices
- Gain Continuing Educational Units (CEU’s)
For more information on schedule and program specific content see the website www.productrealizationgroup.com
Ops A La Carte announces their 2011 Open House which will be held on Thursday, June 16 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at our Santa Clara, CA facility.
We would love to have you come and help us kick off the new Ops A La Carte / Chart partnership with our HALT & HASS Open House.
You will meet many of our expert reliability consultants and learn the best practices in HALT/HASS.
Facility Tours and Presentations:
- Ten Mistakes Made When Performing HALT Testing
- How to Integrate HALT Testing into Existing Reliability Testing
Learn Practical Details About:
- Secrets for cost-effective HALT/HASS installations
- Pitfalls to avoid when evaluating HALT chambers
- Most effective reliability techniques
- LN2 provisioning, including VJ Pipe, Bulk, MicroBulk
Enjoy our BBQ Lunch and Beverages
Open House Location: Ops A La Carte, 990 Richard Avenue, Suite 101, Santa Clara, CA 95050
That’s right, the one you use to verify the torque on your fixture bolts. The one you send out periodically to get calibrated. Think of how much money you will save on calibration!
You see the thing is that that torque wrench is probably not doing you any good.
When we are securing a fixture to a shaker, we really don’t care about torque. We care about clamping force. Since we don’t have a good way to directly measure clamping force, we use torque as an indirect method. Torque is proportional to clamping force WHEN THE THREADS ARE PERFECT!
Do you look carefully at each bolt before you put it into the fixture? Do you look again after you remove it?
When you remove a bolt do you place it carefully in a wood or foam bolt holder to protect those threads? Or do you just toss it into the drawer until next time?
Go down to your vib lab right now and look at your bolts. Hold them up to a light so you can see how the threads look. If you see threads that are nicked, flattened or curled, just put it carefully back in the drawer, and toss your torque wrench in to the dumpster on your way back to your office.
You can thank me later.
Those items fail to meet requirements all the time, yet the REASONS those items fail are limited to just six causes:
a) Wrong application – not for this material, not for this temperature, not for this atmosphere
b) Out of date – date codes – these things have limited shelf life.
c) Bad mix – precise measurements are required
d) Bad surface preparation – mechanical or chemical
e) Exceeded Working time
f) Bad application technique – spray, dip, brush
If anyone has ever seen a paint, coating, adhesive or potting compound fail for any OTHER reason, please post here.