Sherlock Automated Design Analysis™ Adds IPC Footprint Patterns

Posted by DfR Solutions on Sep 2, 2014 4:00:00 PM

Beltsville, MD – September 2, 2014 – DfR Solutions, leader in quality, reliability, and durability (QRD) solutions for the electronics industry, today announced that Sherlock Automated Design Analysis™ software package library now recognizes the IPC-7351B naming convention for standard SMT land patterns and the working draft of IPC-7251 for thru-hole land patterns. The IPC requirements provide generic requirements to be used for the surface attachment of electronic components as well as surface mount design recommendations for achieving the best possible solder joints to the devices assembled.

This new capability has been added to the Sherlock software in response to the increasing use of the IPC standards by the electronics industry. Previously, Sherlock only used JEDEC standard descriptions (JEDEC JESD30E, Descriptive Designation System for Semiconductor-device Packages) for automatically determining package type at time of data import. Now Sherlock users have access to both standards. Incorporating the IPC standards into the Sherlock software increases the speed and accuracy of data import and reduces the time spent verifying package types during model creation.

“Sherlock continues to evolve and improve based on ever-changing industry requirements and customer needs,” stated DfR Solutions CEO Craig Hillman. “We work very closely with our clients as well as with leading industry associations like the IPC so that we can keep our finger on the pulse of the electronics industry. This software enhancement provides greater speed, accuracy, and ease of use for all of our Sherlock customers,” said Hillman.

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

About IPC
IPC ( is a global industry association based in Bannockburn, Ill., dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its 3,300 member companies which represent all facets of the electronics industry, including design, printed board manufacturing, electronics assembly and test. As a member-driven organization and leading source for industry standards, training, market research and public policy advocacy, IPC supports programs to meet the needs of an estimated $2.0 trillion global electronics industry. IPC maintains additional offices in Taos, N.M.; Washington, D.C.; Stockholm, Sweden; Moscow, Russia; Bangalore, India; Bangkok, Thailand; and Shanghai, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Suzhou and Beijing, China.

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