Sherlock 3.1 Release Integrates ECAD and CAE Analysis

Posted by DfR Solutions on Jan 23, 2014 1:00:00 PM

Beltsville, MD – January 23, 2014 – DfR Solutions, leader in quality, reliability, and durability (QRD) solutions for the electronics industry, today announced the newest release of Sherlock Automated Design Analysis™ software, version 3.1.  This version of Sherlock is the first and only reliability tool to seamlessly interface with existing FEA tools.  Now engineers can quickly and accurately predict circuit card reliability across different use environments using their own FEA software.

Sherlock V 3.1 now functions as a pre-and post- processor for existing FEA tools, easily converting ECAD 2D models to CAE 3D models.  It quickly assigns material properties to elements and defines conditions and tests.  Sherlock 3.1 automatically converts CAE results into reliability predictions and allows for customized reporting.

Other significant Sherlock 3.1 release features include Multi-Axis Shock and Vibration Loads which allow users to apply mechanical loads in any direction; Virtual Accelerometers which allow closer correlation between Sherlock predictions and actual physical measurements; and Automated Thermal Derating which speeds up commonly conducted thermal derating activities 10-fold. All of these new features significantly increase the speed and accuracy of critical reliability predictions for electronics manufacturers.

This version of Sherlock also offers an optional server-based license manager (Flex LM) for those industries requiring extra security. Now users can share Sherlock on their internal servers to avoid firewall issues.

“We are excited to be the first company to provide a path from flat ECAD files to create fully meshed 3D models that are seamlessly accepted by commercial CAE tools,” stated DfR Solutions CEO Craig Hillman.  “These software enhancements allow engineers to cut weeks of work down to a few hours. That is a huge resource savings.”

About Sherlock Automated Design Analysis™ Software

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. It is used by the electronics industry across all markets. Sherlock continues to evolve, incorporating new innovations and enhancements allowing users to manage increasingly complex analyses more easily and faster than ever before.

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

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