DfR Solutions Reliability Designed and Delivered


The 3rd Annual Design for Reliability Conference hosted by DfR Solutions includes two full days of presentations by industry leaders, detailed insight into existing reliability challenges, a whole day of Sherlock Users Advanced Technical Training and a workshop on batteries. Leaders from automotive, aerospace, consumer, enterprise, medical and semiconductor industries will join DfR Solutions to explore how integrating Reliability Physics into processes today ensures safe, reliable innovations for tomorrow.




Monday, March 25, 2019

  • 8am - 5pm
  • Presentations include:
    • Case Study: How Continental Automotive is Integrating Sherlock into their Design Process
    • What’s New with Sherlock?
    • Will Your Battery Protection System and UL Test Prevent Catastrophic Li Ion Failures?
    • DfX in Electronics Packaging
    • Warranty-Reliability-Durability: How Optimal+/Sherlock Allow for Comprehensive Prediction Throughout the Product Lifecycle
    • Case Study: Solder Fatigue Model Verification using NAND BGAs
    • Best Practices in Reliability Management of Consumer Electronics
    • Electrical Overstress (EOS) in Semiconductors: An Introduction to Electrically Induced Physical Damage
Click here to view full agenda. 

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

  • 8am - 5pm
  • Presentations include:
    • How to Implement a Proactive Approach to Identifying Reliability Risks
    • Using Simulation to Optimize Microvia Placement and Materials to Avoid Failures During Reflow
    • A Corporate-Level Process Flow to Ensure Quality and Reliability
    • Case Study: Using RPA to Predict Thermal Cycling BGA Failures for Aircraft Engines
    • How to Use Sherlock to Perform a Pre-HALT
    • Accurately Capturing System-Level Failures of Solder Joints (Underfill, Mirroring, Housing)
    • Reliable Sensors Engineering: Key Enabler for Commercial Autonomous Vehicles
    • How to Successfully Implement J3168 SAE Standards in Your Supply Chain
    • Understanding and Mitigating Chip-Package-Board Interactions (CPBI)
Click here to view full agenda. 

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Track 1
Sherlock Automated Design Analysis™ Software Advanced Users Technical Training

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

  • Starting a Sherlock project: Defining Lifecycles, Critical Components, and Mechanical Loading.
  • Solving Thermal Mechanical and ICT problems, one Sherlock project at a time
  • Live Demo: Your Sherlock projects, reviewed live!
  • Q&A Ask Us Anything

Track 2
How to Qualify Your Batteries to Prevent Failures & Thermal Events
Instructor: Vidyu Challa, PhD, Technical Director, DfR Solutions

9:00 am - 12:00 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 workshop, you:

  • 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 failures
  • 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)











The Design for Reliability Conference is emerging as one of the most important ones for the aerospace, automotive, defense, and other high performance (ADHP) electronics industries.  It’s a place to meet some of the most knowledgeable and accomplished professionals in the fields of design for reliability, and reliability analysis.  Attendees will learn about the latest methods, requirements, and industry standards; including the use of the Sherlock Automated Design Analysis software.  Sherlock can help ADHP designers and reliability professionals in so many ways.  It’s not just a one-for-one replacement for existing methods; it can help us do things that the existing methods can’t do.  I highly recommend the Design for Reliability Conference for anyone who wants to be at 'the front of the pack.'

Lloyd Condra Boeing Technical Fellow (retired)

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DfR Solution’s Design for Reliability Conference is the place to meet electronics industry experts from across every major industry. At this conference you will learn about the newest tools and techniques to efficiently design reliable, cost-effective systems. You will also learn how others are applying DfR Solutions’ tools to address some very challenging problems.
It is one of the rare opportunities to listen to experts in other industries and to socialize during the conference giving you the opportunity to follow-up with the speaker and other attendees. I was very impressed with the variety of subjects and the caliber of the speakers at the 2017 Conference.  It is a 'must attend' event for all electronics reliability specialists.

Meg Novacek Executive Director Business Development for North America for Argus Cyber Security

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