DfR Solutions Reliability Designed and Delivered

Key Takeaways from the 2017 Design for Reliability Conference

Posted by Craig Hillman on Apr 4, 2017 9:24:00 AM
2017-design-for-reliability-conference.jpgWhat You May Have Missed

It’s been a couple weeks since our annual Design for Reliability Conference took place at the Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel in historic Baltimore, but I’m still reflecting on the captivating speakers and their insights, in addition to the invaluable networking that took place. With over 100 attendees, there were many fascinating conversations to be had, and I’m looking forward to advancing those relationships, both old and new.

When we started planning the event, our goal was to emphasize how using a Physics of Failure (PoF) approach in product reliability testing can produce safer, more reliable products in every industry. We recognize that as electronics have become integral to product design across just about every industry, the challenge of guaranteeing product safety and performance becomes more difficult and complex.

That’s why we invited experts and thought leaders from many industries to present at the event. We had automotive expert, Meg Novacek (previously with Fiat Chrysler) examine the top three challenges facing autonomous vehicles. With the race to produce the first truly autonomous vehicle, her presentation couldn’t have been more timely. I was also fascinated by DfR Solutions Technical Director, Dr. Vidyu Challa’s presentation on battery failure. No doubt about it — battery safety is difficult! Solving it involves a thorough understanding of the entire manufacturing process, not just abuse testing.

Lloyd Condra, formerly of Boeing, recently joined DfR Solutions’ team and demonstrated how COTS parts and assemblies can be reliably implemented in aerospace systems. And he also made it clear that the Pb-free problem in the aviation community has been solved, so we can stop talking about it any time now!

I enjoyed presenting on the future of electronics reliability and design. We also heard from other industry thought leaders including:

  • Vincent Doan, Hardware Development Reliability Engineer at HGST (formerly Hitachi Global Storage Technologies) — Implementing Physics of Failure at Box Level
  • Dr. Nathan Blattau and Maxim Serebreni, DfR Solutions — Solder Joint Reliability
  • Ed Dodd and Mike Howard, DfR Solutions — Physics of Failure in Complex Systems
  • Greg Caswell, DfR Solutions — What I Learned After 45 Years in the Electronics Industry

No matter the industry or application, our presenters made it clear that many of the problems surrounding reliability are complex, but the tools to solve those problems need to be easy to use. It was exciting to hear from companies effectively using a Physics of Failure approach in their production processes and about the real results they’re getting. Sherlock Automated Design Analysis™ software, a PoF based electronics design reliability analysis tool, is providing measurable value for them by allowing them to run tests up front, without the need for a physical design first. This reduces the number of design respins and retests needed – saving money, and speeding time to market. That’s the type of competitive edge that can catapult a company’s performance and reputation in the marketplace.

If you missed out on the conference and want to learn how our enhanced capabilities and deeper insights can benefit your company in 2017 and beyond, be sure to reach out to us, and join us next year (date pending). And if you were fortunate enough to join us, please share your favorite takeaway from the event with us in the comments section below.

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Topics: Design for Reliability, Physics of Failure