2016 Press Releases
Press Release Title: Qualmark Corp Acquires Hobbs Engineering as New Knowledge and Education Division
Document Date: November 11, 2016
Qualmark Corporation is pleased to announce the acquisition of Hobbs Engineering which took effect September 15, 2016.
Hobbs Engineering is the worldwide leader in HALT/HASS education through seminars, webinars, and published content delivered by Reliability industry professionals with extensive expertise. The Hobbs Engineering education and training curriculums will augment the Qualmark Professional Services HALT/HASS application methodology training and services enhancing the complete Reliability solutions for Qualmark customers.........click the link to download and read the entire story.
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Press Release Title: Department of Defense Increasingly Requiring Use of HALT/HASS Testing in Critical Military Programs to Improve Reliability
Document Date: August 11, 2016
(August 9, 2016) Qualmark Corporation, the global leader in Highly Accelerated Life Testing and Highly Accelerated Stress Screening methodologies and solutions, today released the following statement in advance of its participation in the 19th Annual Space & Missile Defense Symposium to be held August 16-18, 2016, in Huntsville, AL:
Facing continued downward budgetary pressures, Department of Defense (DOD) leaders and program managers are looking for ways to improve the reliability of weapons systems and other military equipment. To help accomplish this objective, the DOD is increasingly turning to proven testing methodologies known as Highly Accelerated Life Testing and Highly Accelerated Stress Screening (HALT/HASS) and associated test equipment developed and produced by Qualmark Corporation.
Based in Denver, CO, Qualmark is the global leader in HALT/HASS solutions. Qualmark’s customers include top Aerospace and Defense firms as well as DOD organizations. HALT/HASS has demonstrated its value in Defense programs and systems as diverse as avionics, flight controls, missile guidance, power supplies, space systems, and more.
A growing number of DOD organizations have required implementation of HALT/HASS on critical programs through issuance of policy statements, regulations, and other directives. Noteworthy examples include the following:
- Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Policy Memorandum #77 (November 12, 2014) implemented a HALT/HASS policy for all MDA programs. The policy requires evaluation of HALT/HASS for all new development and redesign efforts that require a delta qualification for an existing product baseline. A March 2014 MDA Report to Congress concluded that HALT/HASS testing can have a positive impact on the maturity and reliability of hardware and add value to programs when applied early in the design phase on parts, subassemblies and units still in development.
- Army Regulation 702-19 (“Reliability, Availability and Maintainability”) directs that HALT shall be planned and funded prior to prototype fabrication to support the establishment of profiles for environmental stress screening. The ESS planning and profiles will be developed prior to production for all Army acquisitions that include electronic, electrical or electromechanical hardware.
- Navy Reliability, Availability and Maintainability (RAM) Policy directs that programs will ensure design and verification tests for RAM are planned for and incorporated into contracts as applicable. This includes the appropriate RAM design activities such as development of a Design Reference Mission profile, electrical/mechanical/thermal stress analyses, worst case circuit/tolerance analyses, failure modes, effects, and criticality analyses, built -in test/testability designs, and RAM modeling and analysis…. During Systems Development and Demonstration, programs will address the use of in--process test and evaluation, such as HALT and other stress testing, and requirements for reliability growth development testing.
The Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics (USD/AT&L) recently issued a report on the value, feasibility and cost of greater utilization of HALT/HASS. Below are excerpts from the July 2016 USD/AT&L report:
“A comprehensive T&E program includes practices such as HALT and HASS to discover and mitigate failure modes throughout the development and production process…. HALT is an effective tool that is part of a comprehensive T&E program. The value of HALT is the early discovery of failure modes and failure mechanisms and the mitigation of those failures during the development process…. Implementing HALT can help expose failure modes in the increasingly complexity of today’s new technology, which makes it difficult to predict failure modes and mechanisms.”
“HALT needs to be included as part of the Engineering and Manufacturing (EMD) request for Proposal (RFP) so that the activities are part of the overall effort.”
“The Army has long acknowledged that HALT/HASS and similar reliability engineering activities are
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critical to substantially improving the reliability of acquisition systems. [According to Army Regulation 702-19], environmental stress screening and HALT will be used to ensure that reliable, available and maintainable systems are produced and deployed that will be devoid of latent part and manufacturing process defects.”
“When performed properly, HALT addresses system reliability in two ways: 1) it improves the system’s resistance to irregular events (i.e., lowers the system’s failure rate during its “useful” life period) and 2) it lengthens the system’s useful life (uncovers components of the system that wear out first so that they can be improved). For this to happen, the maximum stress boundaries must be explored.”
“HALT/HASS methodology has been proven to be an effective tool that is part of a comprehensive T&E program. The value of HALT is the early discovery of failure modes and the mitigation of those failures during the development process, whereas the value of HASS is the early identification of latent or intermittent failures of production items before a significant number of the items have been produced…. HALT and HASS are parts of a holistic approach to improving system reliability….”
In conclusion, Qualmark’s HALT/HASS methodology and test equipment is now widely understood by DOD decisionmakers to help provide greater reliability in electronic components and subcomponents of critical weapons, sensors and other military systems. As a result, senior DOD program and acquisition officials are increasingly mandating implementation of HALT/HASS testing as part of Military Service and Defense Agency contracts.
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To learn more about Qualmark’s HALT/HASS products and services, please visit www.qualmark.com or contact Alan Perkins, Vice President for Business Development (1--303--718--3604 or [email protected]). Qualmark will exhibit at booth #428 – SMD, Huntsville, AL – August 16-18, 2016.
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2015 Press Releases
Press Release Title: ESPEC Corp. Closes Acquisition of Qualmark Corporation
Document Date: December 29, 2015
Qualmark Corporation (“Qualmark”) announced today that pursuant to overwhelming shareholder approval, it has completed the merger announced on November 13, 2015 and has been acquired by ESPEC Corp., a Japanese corporation.
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Press Release Title: ESPEC Corp. to Acquire Qualmark Corporation
Document Date: November 12, 2015
DENVER, CO – November 12, 2015 – Qualmark Corporation (“Qualmark”) today announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement with ESPEC Corp., a Japanese corporation (“ESPEC”), in which a wholly-owned subsidiary of ESPEC will merge into Qualmark in a cash transaction that values Qualmark at approximately $12.5 million, subject to closing adjustments. Qualmark shareholders will receive between $0.94 and $1.02 in cash for each share of Qualmark common stock they hold. The exact per share merger consideration will depend on certain closing adjustments......
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Press Release Title: ESPEC Corp. to Acquire Qualmark Corporation - (Marketing PR)
Document Date: November 12, 2015
DENVER, CO – November 12, 2015 – Qualmark Corporation (“Qualmark”) today announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement with ESPEC Corporation, headquartered in Osaka, Japan, whereby Qualmark will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of ESPEC. Completion of the transaction is subject to the approval of the shareholders of Qualmark and other closing conditions. A special meeting of shareholders of Qualmark is scheduled for December 16, 2015..........
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Press Release Title: Omnicon and Qualmark Establish Strategic Alliance to Enhance Product Reliability
Document Date: January 29, 2015
January 28, 2015 – Palm Harbor, Florida – To further enhance their individual value to customers, The Omnicon Group and Qualmark Corporation announced their forthcoming synergistic partnership today at the 61st Annual Reliability and Maintainability Symposium (RAMS) in Palm Harbor, Florida. The strategic agreements will provide customers with Qualmark’s Accelerated Stress Testing capabilities and Omnicon’s design, analysis, and review methodologies at the earliest point in the product development life cycle and all the way through to production, improving time to market and reducing product development and qualification test costs. The products and services provided by each company will deliver an unrivaled opportunity for companies to work closely with two Reliability industry leaders. With a streamlined and optimized expert team working in tandem with them, customers can look forward to developing and releasing better products in less time. Formal details of the agreement and customer programs are forthcoming. ...... download the full release to continue reading.
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2013 Press Releases
Press Release Title: Qualmark Introduces New Reliability Test System, the OVTT 24
Document Date: February 26, 2013
Qualmark Corporation, the world’s largest provider of HALT/HASS accelerated reliability testing products and services, today announced the release of their new OVTTTM 24 system.
The OVTT 24 may be compact, but it still delivers the essential six degree of freedom, repetitive shock broadband vibration for detecting failure modes missed by single-axis systems. The table area is 77% larger than the original OVTT accommodating more or larger product. Four cable ports are located in the base which allows the lid to be raised and lowered to facilitate easy access to devices under test. The system’s 24” x 24” patented xLF2 table is powered by 5 lubricant-free actuators providing up to 60 gRMS acceleration.
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2012 Press Releases
Press Release Title: Qualmark Creates Turnkey HALT/HASS Solution, Signs New Partnerships with Taylor-Wharton and Midwest Cryogenics
Document Date: April 24, 2012
(Denver, Colorado – April 24, 2012) Qualmark Corporation, the world’s largest provider of HALT/HASS (Highly Accelerated Life Test/Highly Accelerated Stress Screen) products and services, today announced agreements with Taylor-Wharton and Midwest Cryogenics that will provide HALT/HASS customers with convenient, one-stop shopping when adding accelerated stress testing to their reliability program.
Document File: QMRK-TW-MWC PR_final.pdf
Press Release Title: Qualmark Introduces QFusion™, the First Produciton Specific Accelerated Stress Test System
Document Date: January 24, 2012
Qualmark Introduces QFusion™, the First Produciton Specific Accelerated Stress Test System
Denver, Colorado - January 24, 2012) -- Qualmark Corporation (the "Company", www.qualmark.com), the world's largest provider of Highly Accelerated Life Testing (HALT) and Highly Accelerated Stress Screening (HASS) systems and services, today unveiled their new patent pending QFusion system which provides the industry's first production specific accelerated stress test technology for Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) and their supply chains. QFusion offers efficiencies that substantially reduce costs while improving the reliability of virtually all electrical products or subassemblies.
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2011 Press Releases
Press Release Title: Qualmark Press Release - December 20, 2011
Document Date: December 20, 2011
Qualmark Corporation Announces Plans to Provide Financial Information
Denver, Colorado - December 20, 2011) -- Qualmark Corporation (the "Company", www.qualmark.com), the world's largest provider of Highly Accelerated Life Testing (HALT) and Highly Accelerated Stress Screening (HASS) systems and services, today announced plans to provide audited consolidated financial statements for calendar years 2010 and 2011. The Company intends to issue these consolidated audited financials on March 20, 2012 by mailing to shareholders of record as of January 20, 2012.
Document File: Qualmark-PR-Financial-Dec202011.pdf
Press Release Title: Qualmark Strengthens HALT/HASS Ecosystem with Sale of Hopkinton, MA Lab to New England HALT Labs, Inc
Document Date: June 21, 2011
The strategic growth of Qualmark’s HALT/HASS ecosystem positions its Professional Services (PS) at Qualmark’s Denver headquarters as the nucleus for research and development. This centralized focus allows best in class industry and technology specific HALT/HASS process development which can then be deployed throughout Qualmark’s global alliance of approved HALT/HASS lab partners. The sale of Qualmark’s Boston-area ARTC® (Accelerated Reliability Test Center) to New England HALT Labs, Inc., Patrick Higgins, owner, allows Qualmark to concentrate on PS initiatives while the Hopkinton lab will reap the benefits of local ownership and the expanded support of PS R&D.
Press Release Title: HKPC Appointed as Qualmark’s Independent Accelerated Reliability Testing Laboratory in Hong Kong
Document Date: June 21, 2011
The HKPC Reliability Testing Centre has been recently certified as a Qualmark ARTC® (Accelerated Reliability Testing Center) and appointed by Qualmark, a leading manufacturer of HALT and Highly Accelerated Stress Screen (HASS) equipments, as its first independent testing laboratory in Hong Kong to conduct HALT tests to help manufacturers reduce warranty costs and improve product reliability.
2010 Press Releases
Press Release Title: 2010 HALT Testing Guidelines Released: Qualmark Updates Widely Accepted Industry Reference
Document Date: September 16, 2010
Qualmark's HALT and HASS testing guidelines have long served as the definitive reference for producing effective standards for both professional organizations and corporate use. First issued in 1998, the Guidelines quickly proved to be a valuable resource throughout the AST (Accelerated Stress Test) product reliability community as engineers struggled with detecting and removing latent manufacturing and parts defects missed by traditional burn-in and ESS (Environmental Stress Screening).
Press Release Title: Qualmark Moves Headquarters to Larger Facility, Launches Center of Excellence
Document Date: July 19, 2010
Qualmark Corporation, the world’s largest provider of HALT/HASS (Highly Accelerated Life Test/Highly Accelerated Stress Screen) products and services, has moved its headquarters into a larger, state of the technology facility at 10390 E. 48th Avenue, Denver, Colorado 80238. Phone numbers remain unchanged. Andy Drenick, Qualmark CEO and President, commented, “Key motivators for the move included the need for an expanded manufacturing facility and to accommodate training and research requirements for our new Center of Excellence."
Document File: Qualmark-PR-July2010_Final.pdf
Press Release Title: Qualmark Debuts New HALT/HASS Table Technology
Document Date: May 26, 2010
Qualmark Corporation, the world’s largest provider of HALT/HASS (Highly Accelerated Life Test/Highly Accelerated Stress Screen) products and services, has officially launched its latest innovation in HALT/HASS technology, the xLF2 table. The new technology started shipping with Qualmark's top rated Typhoon series to select customers late last year. The excellent performance reports confirmed Qualmark's decision to move forward with system wide deployment of the xLF2. Extensive R&D led to this design which introduces PSD (Power Spectral Density) table management capabilities to the HALT/HASS marketplace. Maintainable PSD performance provides a powerful asset for maintaining HALT/HASS program consistency.
"The xLF2 release represents another technology milestone for the Accelerated Stress Test (AST) industry with the introduction of PSD management for Qualmark customers", points out Andy Drenick, Qualmark President and CEO. "PSD management is an industry first, enabling consistent and reliable Repetitive Shock vibration performance for Original Equipment Manufacturers' (OEM) HALT program in geographically disparate HASA supply chains."
"Upgrades from xLF to xLF2 completed or in process total over 100 systems worldwide, demonstrating the rapid acceptance of this new technology," points out Ross Atwood, Qualmark's Director of Service. "Feedback has been uniformly positive, particularly the ability to reach higher g’s with less throttle and PSD reliability. Test Engineers have expressed their attraction to the new table and are planning to use higher g’s in their profiles.”
The xLF2 more fully leverages the Typhoon’s advanced control system, executing a more precise response to Typhoon Manager’s vibration and thermal commands. The 14-bit PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) improves granular control fivefold enabling the Typhoon system to maintain ±1°C during soaks and virtually eliminating overshoots.
New capabilities are enabled with the 14-bit controller platform including 3 levels of security (User, Technician, and Administrator), output boost settings, vibration throttle limits, and more. For HALT/HASS chamber systems operating with older controllers, or where test plans call for heavy system use, Qualmark recommends an upgrade to the new xLF2 to enhance performance.
Document File: Qualmark-PR-May2010.pdf
2009 Press Releases
Press Release Title: Qualmark Launches New Web Site
Document Date: December 12, 2013
Qualmark Corporation, the market leader in sales and manufacture of HALT/HASS (Highly Accelerated Life Test/Highly Accelerated Stress Screen) technology, today announced the launch of its newly redesigned Web site at www.qualmark.com.
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Document File: Qualmark-PR-Jul27.pdf
Press Release Title: Qualmark HALT/HASS Online Training Re-launched
Document Date: November 18, 2009
Qualmark Corporation, the pioneer and world’s largest provider of HALT/HASS (Highly Accelerated Life Test/Highly Accelerated Stress Screen) chamber systems, has updated and enhanced their highly regarded Web-based educational (WBE) courses that offer certification in HALT techniques.
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Press Release Title: Qualmark Corporation Divests Ling Electronics and ACG Dynamics Businesses
Document Date: July 16, 2009
Qualmark Corporation Divests Ling Electronics and ACG Dynamics Businesses
Document File: Qualmark_PR_Jul162009.pdf
2008 Press Releases
Press Release Title: Qualmark Announces New Appointments; Sales Group Reorganization
Document Date: October 14, 2008
Qualmark Announces New Appointments; Sales Group Reorganization
Document File: QMRK-PR-Oct2008_0.pdf
Press Release Title: Qualmark Elects New Board Member
Document Date: June 18, 2008
Qualmark Elects New Board Member
Document File: PR-Jul2008.pdf
Press Release Title: Qualmark Corporation Files Form 15 with SEC; invests in Customer Service
Document Date: May 13, 2008
Qualmark Corporation Files Form 15 with SEC; invests in Customer Service
Document File: QMRK-PR-May2008.pdf