1000 kilometers provides engineering
services related to consumer, commercial, medical and military electronics products, especially services related to components and reliability.
In working reliability issues, Dan has often
called the task of design “making 10,000 decisions”. When one of these decisions is problematic, the marching order is to find the quickest remedy. In seeking a solution, Dan uses a “three votes” approach. The
correct answer is the answer that can stand three independent tests.
1000 kilometers focuses on product
development needs, especially vexing product issues near (before and after) product release. This is the situation when an expert is needed to provide rapid resolution of problems that minimize impact to the bill of
materials and manufacturing. The method is based on what might be called “the little dab will do ya” approach; this is an approach using science to understand the cause of the shortcoming, quantifying the
margin to failure and identifying how to get on the better side of physics and on to a robust product with small hardware changes. Due to breadth of experience, we will suggest other subject matter experts to you
and bring their skills to bear on issues, if required. Our primary mission is to solve your problem with speed in a cost effective manner. We want you to call us again.
Dr. Donahoe worked for major firms in
Silicon Valley, Phoenix, and Houston. Salt Lake is a quiet island. If you can get away, please arrange a business visit and manage some great skiing, biking, hiking while we prepare a proposal or produce technical
results for you to review before returning home. The Wasatch Mountain air provides an excellent setting for discussion and clear thinking. You will go back to your office with solid data and with professional
Technical services include factory audits, configuration control and quality mangement, reliability assessment, design reviews,
resolution of component (connector, ceramic-electrolytic-film capacitors, integrated circuit, printed circuit boards, lead free solder, latches, plastic and metal housings, screws, fans, dampeners) failure investigation, resolution of rack
mounted and data center issues (e.g., HVAC sizing and corrosion), use of mathematical modeling (including shock and vibration), fan and heat sink optimization (including thermal interface, TIM, optimization), air and water
flow/fluid modeling, fan selection, tribology, reliability (fishbone diagram, reliability block diagrams, FMEA, fault trees, reliability estimation), and solar PV work. Other services include formal ongoing
briefings and post facto debriefings to your staff on how we solved your problems to help you with lessons learned.
Work is performed either on a fixed price or on an hourly basis. The hourly bill rate for Dr. (Dan) Donahoe is $195 per hour. If external laboratories are used, there is no additional markup on
lab charges. Likewise, there is no additional markup for travel beyond actually incurred costs. In all cases, an agreement will be provided in writing before work begins.
No work will be started without your authorization.
Please contact Dr. Donahoe with questions or comments.
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