Modern design approaches to reliability include failure mode and effect analysis (FMEA), de-rating, simulations, robust parameter design, extensive environmental testing, and root cause analysis of qualification and early life failures. Reliability Predictions are useful if supported by demonstrated results. Demonstrated data complicates the analysis due to the broad scope of the failure paths obtained with limited test assets. This presentation introduces a novel approach that leverages historical sub-systems failure details that drive high customer failures rates. A key focus on cooling and power modules contribution to long term system failures, with recommendations to reduce the common failure events.
Major focus on RF product quality, design, and process improvements to ensure long term performance and reliability, by engaging in the New Product release process and sustaining support tasks. Drive to close open gaps and key findings back to the product teams. Goal – Make the Customer Successful.
Diverse product and engineering background include, Instruments/Systems, Computers solutions, Fab Processing, Space Level Avionics, working with a broad range of companies; NI, Dell, Applied Materials, Lockheed, and General Dynamics. Extensive background in thermal, reliability, failure analysis, and Black-Belt processes, to drive issues to closure. Active Member of IEEE, ASQ and JEDEC with a focus on reliability of compound semiconductor devices and RF systems. When not working projects and escalations, enjoy spending time in the outdoors of Texas.
Bruce is a relative newcomer to the NI (National Instruments) quality domain after spending over 20 years in R&D as a mechanical engineer. He has a BSME and an MSE (Robotic Systems) from The University of Texas at Austin. Prior to working at NI, Bruce spent time at Frito-Lay and Sonoco Products.
Outside of work, Bruce enjoys spending time hunting, fishing, and snow skiing with family and friends, while also maintaining a 25 year old pickup truck with over 365,000 miles.
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