Monthly Archives: January 2012

2012 Lunch and Learn Series

Quarterly Event

Once a quarter, we will hold a topical event in the area of product realization. The next event is on Feb 16 entitled "New Product Introduction – Launching Success!"

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MD&M West

February 16, 2012, Anaheim, CA

On Feb 16, we will be giving a one day seminar called "Medical Device Reliability Testing".

Register at: MD&M


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FREE Seminar: Gaining Control over Cost and Quality in Global Manufacturing: State of the Art Approaches from Design to Sourcing to Production
February 7 – 8:30am – 1pm
Speakers: Mike Silverman of Ops A La Carte, Duane Lowenstein of Agilent, Nader Fathi of Camstar, Jason Ruppert of Harmonic

Note that this will be repeated in Taiwan in Spring/Summer, 2012

Agilent Technologies
5301 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Santa Clara, California 95051

Global competition is accelerating the pace of innovation and development of complex electronics systems, while forcing down price to consumers. Product life cycles are shrinking, shortening the time required for new products to ramp to volume production, while trying to ensure highest quality to avoid brand erosion. As Brand Owners look to reduce manufacturing costs and focus on core competencies, outsourcing (be it domestic or offshore) all or part of manufacturing has become an imperative.

New challenges are in play for many Brand Owners: Retaining control of product quality which has often been “transferred” to the contract manufacturer. To retain control, leading manufacturers are taking a holistic view of their manufacturing supply chain and turning to cloud computing technologies to ensure real-time multi-tier supply chain visibility while fostering an ongoing collaboration with suppliers.

In this seminar, experts will address global manufacturing strategies that have proven results improving product quality while reducing costs. The speakers will share best practices from industry leaders who have successfully implemented collaborative, state-of-the-art solutions with their suppliers and contract manufacturers and achieved results in cost and quality.

8:30 AM – 9:15 AM: Registration/Breakfast/Introductions
9:15 AM – 9:45 AM: Using Design for Reliability to Reduce Product Life Cycle Costs – Mike Silverman, Managing Partner, Senior Reliability Consultant, Ops A La Carte
9:45 AM – 10:15 AM: The Economics of Diagnostics and Repair in Development, Production, and Support – Duane Lowenstein, Business Development Manager, Agilent Technologies
10:15 AM – 10:30 AM: Break

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM: A Holistic View of Quality – Nader Fathi, General Manager, Supply Chain Quality, Camstar
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM: The Necessity of Real-Time Product Quality Visibility in an outsourced High Mix/Low Volume Mfg Operation , Harmonic

11:45 AM – 1:00 PM: Lunch and Follow-Up Discussion

To download presentations from this seminar, go to
Quality Presentations

Note that this will be repeated in Taiwan in Spring/Summer, 2012

Be Analytic in association with Ops A La Carte, AeSI Alumni Association and the Aeronautical Society of India presents “Workshop on Design for Reliability”.

January 30 – 31, 2012 in Bangalore
February 3 – 4, 2012 in Pune

In this seminar we will teach you the proper techniques to achieving Design for Reliability (DfR). We will take you through the four key phases of the product life cycle and how to integrate reliability within each phase.

Step 1: Concept Phase
Step 2: Design Phase
Step 3: Prototype Phase
Step 4: Manufacturing Phase

Reliability is no longer a separate activity performed by a distinct group within the organization. Product reliability goals, concerns and activities are integrated into nearly every function and process of an organization.. Each organization must factor reliability into every decision in order to ensure production of a successful product. The old Test-Analyze-and-Fix philosophies no longer have a place in today’s design process due to continuous cost reduction pressures and reduced design cycles.

Visit Be Analytic for more information.

January 23-26, Reno, Nevada

Ops A La Carte will be exhibiting and presenting the following six papers and tutorials at this event.

“The Useful Synergies between Prognostics and HALT and HASS”, by Ops A La Carte and RidgeTop Group
“What Is DfR and What it Is Not”, by Andre Kleyner and Mike Silverman
“Effective Reliability Program Traits” Tutorial, by Fred Schenkelberg
“Establishing Effective ORT Requirements”, by Fred Schenkelberg
“Investment In Reliability Program Versus Return – How To Decide”, by Fred Schenkelberg
“How To Select The Right Accelerated Life Test Approach”, by Fred Schenkelberg

Visit RAMS for more information.

Jan 17 – Feb 28, 2012
6pm-10pm one night a week for 7 weeks

Becoming certified as a Reliability Engineer (CRE) can be valuable to your employer and your career. John Cooper of Ops A La Carte is conducting 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 Reliability Engineering, this can benefit you substantially.

The course is $1295. We offer 25% discount via webinar or for those who are unemployed and for students not getting reimbursed.
Location: San Jose, CA

Special new options:
Offered via webinar for out of town students.
Tutoring over the internet is now available.
Offered on-site for companies with 8 or more students (we did a class for NASA in Sept ’11).

Visit the CRE Course by Ops A La Carte for more information or to register.

"How Reliable Is Your Product: 50 Ways to Improve Product Reliability" just celebrated its 1 year anniversary of being published.

We are pleased to announce the Mandarin translation of the book.

You can view the 1st 3 Chapters at 50 Ways to Improve Reliability – in Mandarin, or 提高产品可靠性的50种方法. It will be available in ebook January, 2012.

We are pleased to announce that our HALT Calculator is now available as a cloud-based application so you can access it direclty whenever you need. We also have a Paypal payment system in place on-line for quicker access.

With the cloud application, we are also offering either pay by use (you can order as many use credits as you’d like) or yearly subscriptions. The yearly subscriptions work great when you have your own chamber or when you perform many HALTs a year and you would like to run the calculator during HALT planning to set must meet criteria, or when you are in the middle of the test and trying to determine which failures to fix and continue testing.

Now Chart is offering our HALT Calculator as on option when they sell a chamber.

Here is the internet version of our HALT Calculator.