Friday, September 30, 2011

DfR's Greg Caswell in Southern California October 10-14

Greg Caswell will be visiting companies in the Los Angeles area in mid-October. If you would like to schedule a visit to your company while he is in your area, please contact June Caswell,

Monday, September 26, 2011

DfR Solutions and TSI Team on Revolutionary Sherlock Tool

DfR Solutions is very proud to announce that TSI, a leading supplier of Electronic Design Automation (EDA), Automated Hardware Test, and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) software for the Eastern United States, has joined forces with DfR Solutions' North American (NA) sales teams in offering DfR Solutions' revolutionary automated design analysis tool, 'Sherlock'. DfR Solutions' partnership with TSI will strengthen and expand DfR's presence among NA OEMs and PCB contractors. For more information, please contact Greg Conley,

Sunday, September 25, 2011

EIPC and DfR are Hosting 2 Reliability Workshops in the UK

EIPC and DfR are hosting 2 workshops in the UK:

Monday October 17, 2011
-Workshop on Design for Manufacturing (English language)

Tuesday October 18, 2011
-Workshop on Next Generation Technologies in Electronic
Packaging and Production (English language)

Location: Enthone Ltd., Woking, Surrey, UK

Please click

Here for a detailed program of both workshops

Please click here to download the Registration form

Who should attend?

Design Personnel, Product Personnel, Reliability Personnel and Executives responsible for insertion of new technologies.

If you need more information please contact the EIPC: Kirsten Smit-Westenberg at or call +31-43-3440872

Friday, September 23, 2011

DfR Solutions to Provide Manufacturing and Reliability Thought Leadership to DoD Systems Engineering

In recognition of its extensive expertise and experience and
ability to develop and introduce new concepts into systems development, DfR Solutions has been selected to support the
Office of theSecretary of Defense (OSD) in the areas of manufacturability, reliability, maintainability, and sustainability. Specifically, DfR'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.

For more information, please click here or contact Walt Tomczykowski,

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Greg Caswell Cited by IPC as Leading Expert in LED Technology

In the lead up to Greg's insightful course on LED Packaging, Performance, and Reliability, Terry Costlow interviewed Greg to get his thoughts on effectively managing thermal performance of LEDs. "In a street lamp, you'll see between 90 to 150 high brightness LEDs on a circuit board. That's a lot of current and it creates a lot of heat. If you don't remove the heat, you're going to reduce the lifetimes," Caswell said. Packaging is a major aspect in removing this heat, he added. For more information on optimizing LED technology, please contact Greg Caswell,

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

TRW Automotive Selects Sherlock Automated Design Analysis™ Software from DfR Solutions

As part of its continuing drive to improve the performance of its products AND speed up the product development and qualification process, TRW recently announced the selection of DfR's Automated Design Analysis™ tool, Sherlock. With its ability to provide accurate predictions of product reliability, Sherlock is unrivaled in its ability to identify design issues before prototype, reduce qualification time, and effectively reduce the cost of managing product cost reductions. For more information on how Sherlock is sweeping through the automotive industry, please contact Jim McLeish,

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Predicting Hardware Reliability for the Data and Telecom Industries Webinar: September 27, 11 a.m. Eastern

Gregg Kittlesen will be giving a very insightful presentation, based on his direct experience in implementing successful Pb-free transitions in several companies in the telecommunications and enterprise markets.Registration is now open.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

DfR in Illinois and Indiana September 19-23

Craig Hillman and Jim McLeish will be visiting companies in the Illinois/Indiana area in mid-September. If you would like to schedule a visit to your company while they are in your area, please contact June Caswell,

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Craig Hillman at IPC Midwest Conference, Schaumburg, IL: September 21-22

Craig Hillman will be presenting "Common Mistakes in Electronic Design" as part of focused Design for Reliability session within the annual IPC Midwest Conference. He will also present "Quantitatively Predicting the Reliability of Complex Integrated Circuits" in a technical session. If you would like to schedule a visit to your company while Craig is in the area, please contact June Caswell,

Monday, September 12, 2011

Lead-Free Reliability Workshop: Oct. 31st in Irvine, CA

IPC Conference on Reliability:


CONFERENCE: November 1–2, 2011 • Irvine, Calif.

This unique event will take you through the assembly process — from materials to test and inspection — and provide you with the latest information so you can increase your reliability.


October 31
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Design for Reliability in the Lead-Free Era

Instructor: Cheryl Tulkoff, Senior Member of Technical Staff, DfR

This workshop provides a focused but comprehensive discussion of all issues that can arise during the transition to lead free. All areas of potential risk will be examined, including:
• popcorning
• tin whiskers
• plating failures associated with various solder materials
• plated-through hole (PTH) barrel cracking
• pad cratering
• thermomechanical wearout
• high-cycle fatigue

For each reliability concern, the latest research will be shared and you will learn the best ways to mitigate risk based on a product's design, materials, complexity, volumes and customer expectations of reliability. A final summary will provide you with a roadmap for ensuring the reliability of your lead-free product.

Who Should Attend?
This course is designed for engineers and manufacturing personnel who need to fully comprehend the characteristics of design for reliability (DFR) and how it applies to unique applications.

Register Now!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

ESD to the MAX!

NASA has released some stunning photos of lightning, a common source of electrical overstress / electrostatic discharge (EOS/ESD). Although these pictures are extreme, electronics are often damaged or degraded as a result of ESD. DfR has extensive experience in mitigating ESD. Let us show you how to Design for ESD. For more information, please contact Cheryl Tulkoff,

EMPC – IMAPS Europe (Brighton, UK: September 12-15)

Greg Caswell will be teaching a NEW course: High Brightness Light Emitting Diodes - Reliability Considerations. If you would like to schedule a visit with Greg at the conference, please contact June Caswell,

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Making the World a Brighter Place one HB-LED at a time

The light bulb is long overdue for an overhaul. Current innovations like compact fluorescent, efficient but expensive, or halogen, poor efficiency and short lifetime, are only temporary fixes. High Brightness Light Emitting Diode (HB-LED) offers a real solution, but its design must remove thermal stresses to ensure lifetime. In this white paper, DfR elaborates these issues and demonstrates how we can support you through-out product development. Contact Greg Caswell,, for more information.