Middle East & Africa Regional Quality Conference ASQ RD workshop impressions


On this year Middle East & Africa Regional Quality Conference a training program was done in cooperation with ASQ Reliability Division.

All training where successfully done by Rabia` R. Muammar (CRE-ASQ , CSSBB-ASQ, CQE-ASQ, CLSSBB, QMS/LA, JAE)

Leaving extremely satisfied trained delegates.


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Chemical and Process Industries Division FREE Webinar – Basics of R

ASQ Reliability and Risk Division recommends:


Chemical and Process Industries Division FREE Webinar:

Tuesday, November 14th at 11:30am EST

Basics of R

Do you want help learning how to use a software package to analyze your data? Do you use other point & click or code based statistical software but haven’t had time to learn R?  If so, Basics of R in the CPID Webinar Series is the right course to get you started! R is a free statistical software often used for data analysis.  We will cover the following topics:

  • Navigating RStudio
  • Reading a data file into R
  • Computing Descriptive Statistics
  • Generating Graphics for Exploratory Data Analysis
  • Exporting a file from R

The live portion of the course will demonstrate various commands and results.  Participants will also leave with a series of data sets, exercises, and solutions to practice on their own.  Come and attend this R webinar for beginners on Tuesday, November 14th at 11:30am EST.

Contact CPID Chair, Anne Driscoll (adriscoll@vt.edu) with questions

Select Link to Register for the free webinar


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The ASQ Reliability & Risk Division is seeking volunteers for our Practice Area effort.


What is the Practice Area effort?

It is our effort targeted at strengthening the ASQ Reliability and Risk Division’s presence, thought leadership, and service to the reliability and risk profession by providing practice area specific content, training, and support.  The intended audience are folks who have or are moving up in their career from basic reliability practices to specialized reliability practices.

What are the Practice Areas?

Currently identified practice areas include but are not limited to Product, Process/Manufacturing, Site/Network, Software, and Medical Devices.  This list may change as industry and academic trends evolve.

How do I volunteer?

You can volunteer as a Team Member or an Advisor:

Team Members – Members of the ASQ Reliability & Risk Division responsible for active participation and support, accomplishing agreed upon tasks and deliverables.  Members may also have specific subject matter expertise, depth, breadth, and future vision to contribute to the effort.

Advisors – May or may not be an ASQ Reliability & Risk Division member, responsible for providing specific subject matter expertise, depth, and breadth to the team and providing future vision.

Whom do I contact to volunteer?

Product Reliability – Dan Burrows, dan@asqrd.org
Process/Manufacturing Reliability – JD Solomon, jd.solomon@ch2m.com
Site/Network Reliability – Norma Antunano, normaantu@aol.com
Software Reliability – Robert Stoddard, rstoddard@sixsigma-ids.com
Medical Device Reliability – Bart Chase, Chase, bart.chase@abbott.com

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QP cover story October 2017: Make FMEA a part of your answer to ISO 9001:2015’s risk requirements by Jim Breneman, Dan Burrows and Mark Durivage


This month ASQ QP (Quality Progress) cover story by

ASQ Reliability and Risk Division members Jim Breneman, Dan Burrows and Mark Durivage on understand how to leverage FMEA to address the risk requirements of ISO9001:2015.

see http://asq.org/quality-progress/2017/10/iso-9000/in-focus.html




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2017 William G. Hunter Award: Joanne Wendelberger

William G. Hunter

Joanne WendelbergerThe Statistics Division of the American Society for Quality (ASQ) is pleased to announce that Dr. Joanne Wendelberger is the recipient of the 2017 William G. Hunter Award.

The William G. Hunter Award was established by the Statistics Division in 1987 to recognize the many contributions of its founding chair at promoting the use of applied statistics and statistical thinking. The attributes that characterize Bill Hunter’s career – consultant, educator for practitioners, communicator, and integrator of statistical thinking into other disciplines – are used to help decide the recipient.

Dr. Wendelberger joined the Statistical Sciences Group at Los Alamos National Laboratory in 1992 as a Technical Staff Member. She served in multiple leadership roles as an R&D Manager for the Statistical Sciences Group and the Computer, Computational, and Statistical Sciences Division prior to her current position as a senior level Scientist. She previously worked as a Statistical Consultant at the General Motors Research Laboratories. She received her Ph.D. in Statistics in 1991 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she was influenced by quality leaders Bill Hunter, George Box, and Brian Joiner. Throughout her career, Dr. Wendelberger’s research has been motivated by the need to develop solutions to complex interdisciplinary problems, with a growing focus on the interface between statistics and computer science. Her current research interests include statistical experimental design and test planning, statistical bounding and uncertainty, materials degradation modeling, sampling and analysis in large-scale computation and visualization, probabilistic computing, and education modeling. She has published on these topics extensively. She is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA) and a Senior Member of the American Society for Quality (ASQ). She was selected as the W. J. Youden Memorial Address speaker for the 2016 Fall Technical Conference. She has served as an Associate Editor for Technometrics and as an ASQ representative for the Technometrics Management Committee.

In addition to her professional career contributions, Dr. Wendelberger has sought

opportunities to inspire the use of Statistics in her local community. Following the lead of Bill Hunter, she has encouraged the use of statistical concepts and effective problem solving techniques for a number of community organizations and forums including a cooperative preschool, a gymnastics school, a soccer league, a scholarship committee, a community discussion of alternative school calendars, and numerous educational outreach activities.

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ASQ Event: October 11, 2017 – “Reliability & Software Tools Workshop”

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 5:00 PM – 8:30 PM PT

 This event is our Section’s annual focus on Reliability. On October 11th we are pleased to sponsor a workshop on Reliability software and tools intended to improve the product development process leading to product design improvement and product improvement testing.
This event is in the form of a workshop with two sessions. The schedule is a session held both before and after a half-hour break.

5:00 – 6:30 PM – Session #1 – The focus is on describing ReliaSoft software and how each module of their software fits into a project of bringing a proposed product design to market. Examples of use of the various modules.

The instructor for both sessions is Umur Yenal representing HBM Prenscia | www.hbmprenscia.com | Tucson, AZ.

6:30 – 7:00 PM – Break for Meal & Section News | Pizza and soft drinks.

7:00 – 8:30 PM – Session #2 – The focus is on one or more case studies including a printed circuit board product as an example product. Reliability of a proposed design of a printed circuit board is calculated from components, materials and overall design; then the design is improved with substitution of more reliable components until the design goal is met using the software.

ASQ credit of 3 hours of training will be awarded to attendees.

The venue is The Hampton Inn & Suites, 315 SE Olympia Drive, Vancouver, WA  98683. Phone: (360) 891-3000.

Registration and payment is via Eventbrite.com

ASQ members and non-members are encouraged to attend!!



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Final day of ASTR 2017 at Austin Hilton Garden Inn


Neil Doertenbach “Mitigating Design and production Risk with HALT, HAST and HASS”

d3_Neil Doertenbach Mitigating Design and production Risk with HALT, HAST and HASS


Josh Verhage “A case Study of Reliability Testing mixed with Experimental Design”

d3_Josh Verhage A case Study of Reliability Testing mixed with Experimental Design


Keisuke Matsui “An effectiveness Assessment of HALT technique and its equipment”

d3_Keisuke Matsui An effectiveness Assessment of HALT technique and its equipment
Fred Lane “Reliability of Al Wire Grid Arrays under High Light Flux Condition”

d3_Fred Lane Reliability of Al Wire Grid Arrays under High Light Flux Condition


Gary Hazard/ Alpana Gangopadhyaya “Rapid Precipitation and Mitigation of Intermittent Faults”

d3_Gary Hazard Alpana Gangopadhyaya Rapid Precipitation and Mitigation of Intermittent Faults


Jim McLInn “Accelerated Mechanical Testing”

d3_Jim McLInn Accelerated Mechanical Testing


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Second day of ASTR 2017 at Austin Hilton Garden Inn


Peter Arrowsmith “Improved method for ALT optimization”

d2_Peter Arrowsmith-Improved method for ALT optimization


Jim McLinn, Martin Shaw and Peter Arrowsmith

d2_Jim McLinn, Martin Shaw and Peter Arrowsmith


Martin Shaw “Holistic Reliability- The Modern DaySolution to Achieving World Class Reliability””

d2_Martin Shaw Holistic Reliability- The Modern DaySolution to Achieving World Class Reliability
Jim McLinn “Better Understanding for HALT & HASS”

d2_Jim McLinn Better Understanding for HALT & HASS


Charles Recchia “Accelerated Testing for Assessment of Micro Via Design Improvement”

d2_Charles Recchia Accelerated Testing for Assessment of Micro Via Design Improvement


Sooraj Karnik “Temperature and Humidity Reliability Study of a WLCSP Package with CB2 Trench”

d2_Sooraj Karnik Temperature and Humidity Reliability Study of a WLCSP Package with CB2 Trench


Tearesa Wegscheid “Accelerated Destructive Degradation Analysis”

d2_Tearesa Wegscheid Accelerated Destructive Degradation Analysis


Sarath Jayatilleka “Design Life Verification through Accelerated Life Testing”

d2_Sarath Jayatilleka Design Life Verification through Accelerated Life Testing


Ruby Drobnick “Application of Accelerate Stress Testing to the Design of Pressure Injectable Central Venous Cathereters”

d2_Ruby Drobnick Application of Accelerate Stress Testing to the Design of Pressure Injectable Central Venous Cathereters


Bonnie Stone “MINITAB Tutorial”

d2_Bonnie Stone MINITAB Tutorial


Aaron Offringa “Fatigue Damage Spectrum Applications in Vibration Testing”

d2_Aaron Offringa Fatigue Damage Spectrum Applications in Vibration Testing
Martin Shaw and Jim McLinn

d2_Martin Shaw and Jim McLinn

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ASTR 2017 Austin Hilton Garden Inn – some first impressions

Some impressions of ASTR 2017 at Austin Hilton Garden Inn



“Predictive Methodologies for Accelerated Testing and Reliability” by Ken Reifsnider

Ken Reifsnider


“Design Optimization using Ti-6AL-4V Alloys” by Ashwin Kumar
Ashwin Kumar


Vibration Research exhibitor and Presenter Ron Offringa

Ron Offringa


Sarath Jayatilleka (left) discussing Keyanna Qi’s (center) presentation with Jim McLinn (right)

Jim Mclinn


Bonnie Stone MINITAB exhibitor and Presenter

Bonnie Stone MINITAB


Cami Page  and Tom Kopko ESPEC NA and Qualmark exhibitors

Cami page and Tom Kopko

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Profiles in Reliability – Deven Subramoney

Deven Subramoney

Tell us your name
Deven Subramoney

Where do you live?
Auckland, New Zealand

Tell us about your education background.
After obtaining a diploma in electronics engineering I have chosen a vocational path in my professional development, which evolved in the field of Reliability. In its core was practical work on increasingly complex projects, supported by numerous professional courses in Reliability. By exchanging knowledge and experience with other reliability professionals and having a genuine passion and determination to understand and apply reliability principles effectively. Fortunately over the years I could benchmark my knowledge level against other experts. As a logical part of my professional progression I am more active in the field of training other engineers and introducing/setting up reliability systems in various companies.

Tell us about your professional background.
My reliability experience was acquired whilst working across a broad range of industries that included defense, multimedia, animal and security management, refrigeration, vehicle telematics, and medical manufacturers. My reliability career started in 1988 working as a test technician for a defense company in South Africa spanning over a few years and later joining a large electronics group in South Africa.  Over the years I progressed to a Reliability Engineer role where I was given the responsibility of developing the reliability process.  In 2005, I was offered a reliability role within a NZ company and immigrated. Whilst in NZ, I have played a key role in facilitating reliability in several large companies by introducing and developing the reliability process, engineers and culture. As a result of this influence, some of New Zealand’s largest manufacturers have state of the art reliability test facilities on-site.

How have you given back to the reliability profession?
I have made my knowledge transferrable through consulting, networking and training. My aim is to help companies with the setup and growth of reliability functions focusing on the development of the reliability process, reliability engineering labs, engineers and integration into the business.

What do you enjoy most about reliability?
Providing solutions for complex reliability related issues can be very satisfying personally and an inspiration to others especially if you have years of life experience behind you. My greatest pleasure comes from being able to “bridge the gap” between an in house reliability program and product field behaviour. This illustrates good visibility into pin pointing areas of improvement and calibration of predictive reliability processes. I cherish the task of developing validated reliability protocols (Internal Standards) for product families and sharing this knowledge and life experiences with others.

What do you do for fun and relaxation?
I spend lots of my sparse free time pursuing outdoor with family and friends as well as some sports which helps me maintain a healthy  balance

What is reliability in your own words?
Reliability is about taking pride in what you do and ensuring that whatever you do is favored by most and doing this consistently over time. In simple terms, reliability is a quality characteristic that builds trust!

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