Issue: Sep 2011


TRW Automotive Selects Sherlock Automated Design Analysis Software from DfR Solutions



by Steve Barclay

DfR Solutions, a leader in quality, reliability, and durability (QRD) solutions for the electronics industry, announced that TRW Automotive’s electronics business will incorporate Sherlock Automated Design Analysis software supplied by DfR Solutions into their product design and product qualification processes. 

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. The software's intuitive commands and ease of use enable usage among a broad range of engineers and managers, where rapid results provide almost immediate feedback on product performance in the hands of the customer.
“After evaluating its capabilities compared to alternative methods of reliability simulation and demonstrating its worth in real product situations, TRW has acquired the Sherlock tool as an important part of its tool-set to support the continuous improvement of product performance,” says John Coates, manufacturing technology manager, electronics engineering at TRW Automotive. 

Sherlock Automated Design Analysis is an innovative software tool that enables electronics manufacturers to design-in product reliability earlier in the product development process contributing to quicker time to market, reduced development costs, improved customer satisfaction, and higher profits. 

“DfR Solutions is pleased to add TRW Automotive to its growing list of leading manufacturers using Sherlock to develop better, more reliable products quicker and more efficiently,” notes Craig Hillman, PhD, CEO and founder of DfR Solutions. “By incorporating elements of Physics-of-Failure, this tool allows organizations to keep up with the latest industry and government specifications and requirements. The response to this tool has been fantastic, with especially strong interest from companies servicing the telecom, enterprise, automotive, and alternative energy markets.” 

About TRW
With 2010 sales of $14.4 billion, TRW Automotive ranks among the world's leading automotive suppliers. Headquartered in Livonia, Michigan, USA, the Company, through its subsidiaries, operates in 26 countries and employs over 60,000 people worldwide. TRW Automotive products include integrated vehicle control and driver assist systems, braking systems, steering systems, suspension systems, occupant safety systems (seat belts and airbags), electronics, engine components, fastening systems and aftermarket replacement parts and services. All references to "TRW Automotive", "TRW" or the "Company" in this press release refer to TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. and its subsidiaries, unless otherwise indicated. TRW Automotive news is available on the internet at www.trw.com. 

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 http://www.dfrsolutions.com/


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