How To Answer Reliability and Insurance Questions After an Adverse Event

Posted by Greg Caswell on Oct 26, 2016 9:30:00 AM

Adverse-Event-Reliability.jpgReliability is the desired result of product design and testing. Rightly so, as everything from functionality, safety and a brand’s reputation hinges on it.

In a perfect world, every electrical component you supply would perform exactly as intended for as long as intended. However, adverse events like fires, floods and other natural disasters happen that threaten product reliability in ways imperceptible to the naked eye. What then? Could you prove an insurance claim? How can you protect your customers and your reputation?

Holistic Analysis

Sherlock Automated Design Analysis™ software is often the tool of choice in the design phase, when it gives designers the ability to quickly adjust and retest designs prior to prototyping. It can also be beneficial to testing quality, reliability and durability (QRD) of developed products, including those impacted by adverse events.

This is particularly helpful when questions arise around an insurance claim. Say, for example, flames from a fire don’t directly burn components but the heat compromises component reliability, or the building’s sprinkler system that was activated to combat the flames results in water damage. In the case of flooding, immersion may not be the issue. Instead, excessive moisture in the air may be the culprit. In any of these cases, an insurance adjuster may overlook the impact of these ancillary conditions and deny the claim. Having Sherlock analysis that demonstrates related failure could make all the difference.

Physics of Failure (PoF)

Further, in instances where reliability is called into question due to components being exposed to potentially destructive elements, Sherlock’s automatic file identification and parts list importation is critical. It allows for on-screen FEA modeling of a PCB or component you already produced so Physics of Failure (PoF) analysis can be applied to assess QRD and failure probability based on the exposure.

Sherlock’s PoF evaluation could realistically change the outcome of an insurance claim. Of equal if not greater importance, Sherlock ensures that the reliability of products you send to market have not been affected by the unanticipated event, and your customers – and your brand – are protected.

For more information about how Sherlock Automated Design Analysis™ software can work for you, click the button below to request your free trial.

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