College Park, MD – April 24, 2012 – DfR Solutions, a leader in quality, reliability, and durability (QRD) solutions for the electronics industry, today announced the new V2.4 release of its Automated Design AnalysisTM software, Sherlock. Sherlock is the first-of-its-kind Automated Design Analysis software for analyzing, grading, and certifying the expected reliability of products at the circuit card assembly level.
The new Sherlock release incorporates several unique improvements along with client-requested enhancements. An improved parts database enables the user to build and continuously update their local database in real time, automating the data input process and greatly accelerating time to project completion.
Additionally, two new modules are available to customers, DFMEA and ICT.
The Sherlock DFMEA module modernizes component-level Design Failure Mode Effects Analysis by automating the laborious process of entering in all pin-to-pin interactions. Through a combination of intelligent parsing of design files, including net lists and bill of materials, and DfR Solutions’ internal reliability knowledge, DFMEA spreadsheets with thousands of lines can be generated in a matter of seconds, allowing the design and reliability teams time to focus on the most important aspects of this reliability assurance activity. The module is also fully compliant with AIAG and SAEJ1739 standards for DFMEA.
Bed of Nails test fixtures can damage components during In Circuit Testing (ICT) by inducing an excessive amount of flexure. This is especially true for large, complex assemblies that use Pb-free materials. The electronics industry has experienced widespread pad cratering, cracked ceramic capacitors, and broken ball grid arrays (BGAs) because of a failure to identify a rapid, low-cost solution to this problem. Sherlock, through its ability to simulate the combination of design and manufacturing stresses, significantly improves upon the current industry trial and error process. Precise deflections and strains caused by non-optimized ICT fixture and support can be identified in minutes and mitigated or eliminated before first prototype is built. This advanced functionality can be used by all levels of engineering and management and allows for tradeoff analyses, saving costly board damage and redesign.
“At DfR Solutions we are constantly striving to deliver the design reliability solutions that have the most value to our customers across all industries,” said Craig Hillman, CEO and Managing Partner of DfR Solutions. “Based on the science of Physics of Failure, this new version of Sherlock Automated Design AnalysisTM enables electronics manufacturers to deliver more reliable products to market quicker and more cost effectively, ultimately improving customer satisfaction and profitability.”
About DfR Solutions, LLC:
DfR Solutions has world-renowned expertise in applying the science of Reliability Physics to electrical and electronics technologies and is a leading provider of quality, reliability, and durability (QRD) research and consulting for the electronics industry. The company’s integrated use of Physics of Failure (PoF) and Best Practices provides crucial insights and solutions early in product design and development and throughout the product life cycle. DfR Solutions specializes in providing knowledge- and science-based solutions to maximize and accelerate the product integrity assurance activities of their clients in every marketplace for electronic technologies (consumer, industrial, automotive, medical, military, telecom, oil drilling, and throughout the electronic component and material supply chain). For more information regarding DfR Solutions, visit www.dfrsolutions.com.