Highly accelerated life testing (HALT) can be a useful activity, especially in that period between design and pilot production. However, the true value of HALT is only AFTER the failures during testing are effectively root-caused and decisions on corrective action implemented. And who is the only company that can perform HALT and RCA in same place? DfR Solutions! For more information, please contact Cheryl Tulkoff, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
The greening of the electronics marketplace continues. This time, however, it's the US Government. A joint EPA, GSA, and Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) taskforce is determining how government can help advance efforts to green the design, manufacture, procurement, and use of electronics. Want a vote? Send this survey in ASAP. For more information on staying ahead of environmental legislation, please contact Randy Schueller, email@example.com.
Monday, March 28, 2011
With electronics components decisively shifted to Pb-free, it is becoming difficult to buy components with tin-lead (SnPb) solder balls. The only three responses? Custom order (only if you want >1 million), adapt (seen any Pb-free planes?) or post process (reball). This paper presents the results from a comprehensive study on the ability of reballed BGAs to survive severe environments. Please contact Joelle Arnold, firstname.lastname@example.org, for more information.
Friday, March 25, 2011
Nathan Blattau will be presenting a broad-based iMAPS "How to Design for Thermal Cycling" webinar on the challenges of designing for an environment with temperature changes. Whether your product is military, industrial, or part of the new 'Free Air Cooling' trend, this insightful presentation will identify the mechanisms affiliated with thermal cycling and how to predict performance during product design. To register, please contact Brian Schieman, email@example.com. For more information, contact Nathan Blattau, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
How can you keep reliability issues off of your to-do list? Change your process. There is typically too much testing of products after build. Reliability improvement and growth tests (test, analyze, and fix) concept have had limited success, but added significant cost and time. The new paradigm must be to shift the focus during engineering and manufacturing development (E&MD) from 'pass test' to 'good design' prior to completion of technology development. For more information, please contact Walt Tomczykowski, email@example.com.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
After years of development and success among early adopters, DfR Solutions is launching version 2.0 of our revolutionary electronic design analysis software. This unrivaled product provides the most comprehensive solution available for Physics of Failure (PoF) based analysis of electronic designs. The software's intuitive commands and ease of use invites usage among a broad range of engineers and managers, where rapid results provide almost immediate feedback on product designs and their performance in the hands of the customer.
To learn more about a tool that will change the way you design, please join us for our introductory webinar on March 31, 2011. Registration is now open. For more information, please contact Ed Dodd, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Monday, March 21, 2011
Gregg Kittlesen and Ed Dodd will be visiting companies in the San Francisco, California, area in mid-March to present on a number of topics, including design for reliability, component qualification, and root-cause analysis. If you and your associates are interested in an onsite visit and/or presentation, contact June Caswell, email@example.com.
Friday, March 18, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
The one hour CNBC show Crime Inc: Counterfeit Goods will air again on Sunday March 20th at 8PM ET. DfR's Walt Tomczykowski appears on screen twice during the defense and aerospace segment between 20 and 30 past the hour.
Fake handbags, watches, shoes and perfumes. The business of Counterfeit Goods is the largest underground industry in the world. Hundreds of billions of dollars are generated while sapping the economy, putting lives in jeopardy, and funding organized crime in the process.
CNBC’s "Crime Inc.: Counterfeit Goods," takes viewers on a rare look inside a global crime spree, where the goods are produced and confiscated in a world of high-risk and high-reward.
Host Carl Quintanilla takes you on raids with the LAPD anti-counterfeiting unit, inspections at ports, and back-room factories where counterfeits are produced. Meet a company whose whole brand was copied, and the story of a defense contractor who counterfeit defense parts that found their way into weapons depots in Iraq.
At around 7% of all global trade, Counterfeit Goods are a big business with low overhead. It makes too much money to go away any time soon.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
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Monday, March 7, 2011
One company's solution can be another company's nightmare, especially in component packaging. A desire to maximize functionality and fit space constraints can result in something like this monster (25mm x 50mm) package on package (PoP). While likely satisfying a market need, this component will be challenging from a manufacturability and reliability perspective. For example, the package weight will likely reduce solder ball height to less than half the diameter, increasing the likelihood of pad cratering and thermo-mechanical fatigue. If you are looking for real solutions to PoP challenges, contact Craig Hillman, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, March 4, 2011
Walt Tomczykowski, Vice President at DfR Solutions, will be in Boston, MA Tuesday, March 8th and Wednesday, March 9th.
As you may know, DfR Solutions can lend a guiding hand regarding quality, reliability, and durability (QRD) issues. DfR not only helps you solve your problems — we can prevent them from happening in the first place! Find out how to reduce development costs and time to market while creating a more reliable product.