DfR Solutions Reliability Designed and Delivered


Day One will include technical presentations from world renown industry leaders.  Day Two will include a full day of in-depth tutorials. 
Plus a newly formatted Sherlock Automated Design Analysis™ Software Users Training  will take place on Days Two and Three.

8:00 - 8:30 AM



8:30 - 9:30 AM
Creating a Physics of Failure-Focused Reliability Organization
Dr. Craig Hillman, DfR Solutions

Traditional organization typically engage with reliability at the end of the product development process. This is because traditional reliability has been defined by testing and after-the-fact reliability prediction. Companies that are aligned with industry best practices are increasingly incorporating elements of reliability assessment and prediction through-out the organization through the use of physics of failure. In this presentation, CEO Craig Hillman will leverage his engagements with over 1300 technology companies to discuss how to structure your organization to help introduce physics of failure/reliability physics into each stage of the product development process. This will include

  • Optimal Team Composition (do you have the necessary resources?)
  • Education and Awareness (ensuring buy-in and alignment)
  • Updating Roadmaps (establishing activities and gating functions)
  • Continuous Improvement (capturing feedback and ROI)

 At the completion of this process, managers (and managers-to-be) will have the knowledge and tools to successfully implement reliability physics into their organization and capture the shorter time to market and robust ROI that will elevate their career path and ensure success over market competitors.

9:30 - 9:45 AM



9:45 - 10:45 AM
Establishing Physics of Failure Requirements for the Supply Chain
Mike Howard/Ed Dodd, DfR Solutions

Given the depth of the electronics supply chain, the stakeholders and influencers of final product reliability typically span multiple organizations.  Flowing Physics of Failure best practices down the supply chain can unify reliability efforts, increase confidence and reduce risk during final integration and fielding.  This tutorial goes into detail regarding some of the specifics that should be considered when implementing Physics of Failure Requirements across the Supply Chain.


10:45 - 11:45 AM
Implementing Physics of Failure into the Design Process
Greg Caswell, DfR Solutions

This course, presented to the management side, will provide insight into how to use Physics of Failure (PoF) to enhance the Design Process to create more robust products.  Reliability is the measure of a product’s ability to perform its specified function, in its use environment, over the desired lifetime.  Utilizing PoF in the design phase is the process for ensuring the reliability of the product or system before a physical prototype is produced.  Failure to capture and understand these parameters lays the groundwork for mistakes at the schematic and layout functions.

To properly perform these assessments requires examination of the new features in a design as well as ways to improve existing features.  At the concept phase of a project that would include proper part selection which could include moisture sensitivity levels, ESD classification, manufacturability, materials, and life expectancies.  Similarly, the layout of the PWB can have a profound impact on the product’s reliability.  This could involve the selection of the laminate and pre-preg materials, the stackup of the layers, and the surface finish.  The housing can also have a significant impact on the reliability due to its support structure, materials, and configuration.  These parameters, if not properly implemented, can create situations where excess warpage occurs.

This course will detail these issues from a management perspective and provide insight into the life cycle cost savings potentially achieved through proper implementation.
11:45 AM - 1:00 PM



1:00 - 4:15 PM
How to Qualify Your Batteries to Prevent Failures and Thermal Events 
Dr. Vidyu Challa, DfR Solutions


There will be a 15 minute break at 2:30 PM.

The rising demand for internet of things (IoT) and machine to machine (M2M) applications makes battery power an absolute necessity. However, reports about lithium ion batteries exploding and catching fire continue to draw the public’s attention.  How do you balance the need for power, size, cost, and time-to-market, while still avoiding being the lead story on the evening news?

Is it enough to qualify a cell manufacturer according to industry standards? The answer is that the majority of compliance-based testing is related to abuse tolerance. However, the vast majority of field failures do not occur under abuse scenarios, but happen under normal operating conditions due to manufacturing flaws or design and system tolerance issues that cause internal shorts.  Internal shorts are unfortunately not mitigated by safety electronics.

In this battery tutorial, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of lithium ion battery failure mechanisms and the pathway to thermal runaway events
  • Learn about the top causes of battery field failures, and the major areas where you need to have mitigation strategies
  • Learn how cell design plays a critical role in battery safety and reliability, and what you can do from a design perspective to prevent these
  • Learn the basic steps in a lithium ion cell manufacturing process, and the process controls required to ensure cell safety and reliability
  • Learn about the battery management system and its role in system safety
  • Come away with a checklist of things you should do to qualify your cell manufacturer – pass down requirements, trust but verify (design, manufacturing, compliance based testing, system level tolerances, application specific battery testing, battery management system, cell CT scans and teardowns and lastly user education)

6:00 PM - After the Sessions

iFLY Baltimore Indoor Skydiving
8209 Town Center Drive
Nottingham, MD 21236


iFly Networking Event

Join us Tuesday, March 20 at 6 p.m. after the Tutorial sessions at iFLY Baltimore for a great networking event! Come fly with us for a complimentary 2-5 minute session. 

The Experience at iFLY:  When you come to iFLY get ready to be blown away – literally. It’s thrilling. It’s amazing. Experience the feeling of freefall as you float on a smooth cushion of air. There’s no parachute, no jumping, and nothing attaching you to planet Earth. It’s just you FLYING in the air.

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