BELTSVILLE, MD – DfR Solutions announced the agenda for its 2nd Annual Design for Reliability Conference coming in March at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore Inner Harbor hotel.

Pioneers from automotive, aerospace, and other industry authorities will join DfR Solutions’ experts to explore real-world applications of physics of failure that are solving today’s complex technology challenges.

New this year, DfR Solutions has added a full day of in-depth tutorials, in addition to a full day of technical presentations. Also new in 2018, is a newly formatted Sherlock Automated Design Analysis software users training that allows trainees to choose among the training modules that best suit their needs. Conference presentations will take place Mar. 19, tutorials will take place Mar. 20, and software training will take place Mar. 20-21.

Automotive and aerospace thought leaders speakers include:

  • Alexandre Barbosa dos Santos, Senior Equipment Engineer at Embraer in Brazil will present Physics of Failure in Aircraft Development Process: A perspective of how to integrate PoF electronics simulation into the airframe and Systems Development Process
  • Keith Hodgson, Senior Reliability Test Engineer at Ford Motor Company will present Applying Physics of Failure Methods to Functional Safety Hardware Reliability Assessments in ISO-26262

On Mar. 19, presentation topics include:

  • System Level Effects on Solder Joint Reliability
  • Selecting the Right Battery for Your Application
  • Housing Design: How to Shock & Waterproof Your Product

On Mar. 20, tutorial topics include:

  • Creating a Physics of Failure-focused Reliability Organization
  • Establishing Physics of Failure Requirements for the Supply Chain
  • Implementing Physics of Failure into the Design Process
  • How to Qualify Your Batteries to Prevent Failures and Thermal Events
  • On Tuesday and Wednesday, March 20 and 21, 2018 Sherlock Users Technical Training Modules include:
  • Solder Fatigue
  • IC Wearout
  • ICT Analysis
  • Thermal Mechanical Analysis
  • Vibration and Shock
  • FEA Integration
  • Trace Modeling
  • DFMEA, Thermal Derating, CAF, VIA Fatigue

“We are extremely excited about this year’s conference," said Craig Hillman, Ph.D., CEO and managing partner at DfR Solutions. “Thought leaders from Embraer, Ford, Magna Electronics, and HP Enterprise are presenting. We have added a full day of in-depth tutorials on how to implement Physics of Failure into your organization. Plus, a two-hour tutorial on Battery Reliability, and a day and a half of Sherlock User Training. It’s going to be a value-packed event." 

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