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FREE WEBINAR – September 2, 2015
Host: Ops A La Carte
Speaker: John Cooper, Senior Reliability Engineer and Instructor
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm Pacific TimeWhether you are in a startup company, pressed to meet a demanding schedule, or if you are in reliability engineering and are offering services to a startup, it’s important to understand how startup companies operate, and what their needs are in regards to product reliability.

Many startups today are fast-paced, driven by young college grads, and often funded through crowdsharing. They may be sponsored by one of several well-known venture capital incubators.

One of the challenges in modern reliability engineering is to help management and engineers understand the value and process of reliability engineering. In an electronic company, there may challenges to get people to understand such tools as HALT, or FMEA. In a crowdsharing based startup, the challenge is an order of magnitude more difficult. The risk of failure is much higher, when you consider the consequences of products that fail soon after shipment.

A startup company is under pressure to meet goals such as the following:
1) Quicker: Product development time must be shorter – time to market is much more critical.
2) Products must be better – higher performance, better quality and reliability (as demonstrated by smart phones, for example).
3) Products must be lower cost, which is cost of ownership, including warranty cost.

We will examine what the special reliability needs are for startup companies, and consider what tools make more sense – tools such as HALT – for results must occur in days, not weeks. In startups, decisions are made real-time, meetings are short; there is no “long term”.

Join us in this webinar, and share your questions or concerns.

September 9-11, 2015 in Boston, MA

The 2015 Accelerated Stress Testing and Reliability (ASTR) Conference is focused on highlighting cutting-edge methods to deliver maximum cost-benefits from reliability testing. ASTR 2015 is relevant to manufacturers in the aerospace, automotive, consumer electronics, defense, medical, telecommunications and other industries where reliability is a key driver of operational and business success. If your company needs to improve product testing with a goal to improve reliability, reduce warranty costs, improve profits, gain market share, and be more competitive, then the 2015 ASTR Conference is for you!

Abstract Submission Deadline is April 17, 2015; more info here.

For more information about this Conference, visit