It has been said: "Knowledge is Power". The knowledge we obtain from analyzing
your failures will provide you with the power to fix your problems.
The staff at the RAL
can ferret out the root causes of your component failures, system-level anomalies,
and material deficiencies. We can then work with you, your customers, or your
supply-chain affiliates to identify the appropriate corrective actions. Our
responses can be tailored to fit your needs, from real-time data-sharing with
engineers on your production floor, to multi-page color reports and presentation
materials for delivery to your customer.
Most managers request failure analysis only when there is a crisis in production,
or worse yet, at your customer's site. At the RAL we are accustomed to working
under these conditions.
Our quick, accurate response will help you to make a
timely decision when the heat is on. However, failure analysis is a more efficient
tool when it is used early in the design/test/build/ship process. Detailed analysis
of failures that occur during prototype testing can yield knowledge that prevents
future costly yield and reliability problems.
During our failure analyses, "physics-of-failure" methods are employed. This
approach identifies the underlying physical causes, thereby permitting predictions
to be made on how the failure mode will be affected by specific changes. For instance,
a part may have failed due to a combination of heat and applied voltage. To
correct the problem, you can find a new part, or reduce the operating voltage,
or provide additional cooling. You can't make a rational decision concerning how to
proceed unless you understand exactly how the failure mode is affected by changes
in the use environment.
We can analyze a wide range of materials, components, assemblies, and systems.
For more information please see our areas of expertise,
and specific analytical capabilities.
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