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Practical Reliability Engineering for Industry by Dr. Alec Feinberg – $950 per person – 4 days 3.5 hours per day

This is an intense, practical course for industry focusing on applying reliability in real world situations. It uses a stage gate approach to reliability as product transition from the Idea Phase, Evaluate, Develop, Transition and lastly to the Production Stage. This is a two-day webinar, which costs $950, (broken down into 4 half days) and includes course material and reliability software (30-day trial) to accelerate learning. The material provides depth and exposure to the industry’s reliability science. We start with basic methods in reliability & quality, providing full explanation of how to grow reliability in a commercial environment and translate that into ROI dollars. Reliability growth starts in the Design Idea phase using tools like FMEA, reliability predictions, and reverse engineering. Here we provide a formal method for providing a detailed reliability plan for the product. We describe how to develop the plan with management and engineers so that everyone is involved and sample sizes and cost are obtained up front. We move into Evaluation stage gate demonstrating and analyzing reliability in the testing phase with prototypes. We describe how to organize an effective DART (Design Assessment Reliability Testing) plan that includes HALT. We detail the method of test design by failure modes. As the product matures and the design becomes frozen, we move into the Development stage gate where we often do Design Maturity Testing demonstrating reliability with qualification testing. We go over the common specification and describe how to design test with and without specifications. Reliability statistical analysis is key and is accessible to the student through our professional DfRSoft software tool. Each student has the software to follow along during the course to help problem solving quickly. This jump starts ones capability. We then move into the Transition stage gate. Here we are concerned with production screening such as HASS.  Finally we move into production monitoring where we monitor reliability with a sampling strategy.

Test methods such as temperature, temperature cycle, humidity, shock and vibration and how to analyze your test using this software, for both physics and statistics problems are demonstrated for all accelerated testing, with clear exercises. The concept of test design by failure modes is presented. Examples are given. All the key accelerated test models (Arrhenius, Humidity, Thermal Cycle, Electromigration) are provided and illustrated.  Both simple and advanced reliability math is overviewed and taught efficiently with software examples. The concept of design maturity testing using accelerated test methods and Chi-squared test planning and analysis, again with software exercises, are used to assess products failure rate/MTTF. We include Quality tools such as Cpk, lot sampling, sparing, availability and normality analysis. We also describe methods to analyze field return data to derive an MTBF.  As part of reliability analysis, we present special topics tailored to the classes needs.  This includes Physics of Failure, what equipment to use and when (SEM, Auger, X-RAY, XRF, Focused Ion Beam) etc. Numerous failure analysis pictures are shown to see first-hand the challenging failure modes and how their mechanisms are identified using such equipment. Other topics include a strong overview in understanding in Shock and Vibration, Advanced ESD methods, RoHS challenges, and parametric reliability analysis.

Dr. Alec Feinberg is the founder of DfRSoft. He has a Ph.D. in Physics and is the principal author of the book, Design for Reliability written at M/A-COM. Written in an industrial environment, it is a very practical book and has a very extensive approach to the DfR process using a stage gate process since products are developed in phases. Alec is also the principal developer for DfRSoftware which is the most thorough reliability tool currently available and is also used to accelerate learning in his classes. Alec’s industrial experience has allowed him to provide extensive reliability engineering services in all areas and on numerous products in diverse industries (AT&T Bell Labs, TASC, M/A-COM, Tyco Electronics, and Advanced Energy) for over 35 years that include solar, thin film power electronics, defense, microelectronics, aerospace, wireless electronics, and automotive electrical systems. He has provided training classes in Design for Reliability & Quality, Shock and Vibration, HALT, Reliability Growth, Electrostatic Discharge, Dielectric Breakdown, DFMEA and Thermodynamic Reliability Engineering.  Some of the well-known companies that have taken his courses include Hewlett-Packard, Sandia National Labs, Canadian Space Agency, Sierra Wireless, Mentor Graphics, Woodward Industrial Controls, Tyco Electronics, and Northrop Grumman.  Alec has presented numerous technical papers and won the 2003 RAMS Alan O. Plait best tutorial award for the topic, “Thermodynamic Reliability Engineering.” Alec has a new book, Thermodynamic Degradation Science: Physics of Failure, Accelerated Testing, Fatigue, and Reliability Applications (due out October 2016, with the publisher John Wiley & Sons). Alec’s main hobby is jazz harmonica.

To purchase this webinar contact with link above or call 303 655 3051.