Quality assurance of electronic hardware

State of the Art Advances in Supply Chain Management, Reliability Testing and Reliability Prediction

8 September 2017 – Gothenburg, Sweden

Presenter: Prof Michael Pecht, CALCE Electronic Products and Systems Center, University of Maryland

Today, products are changing very rapidly, customers have more choices, tremendous price pressure exists on suppliers, and there is pressure to test quickly. However, the traditional test and qualification standards are not working. Over the past 10 years, there have been an increasingly large number of products that have passed qualification tests but have failed in the field. The resulting costs of these failures have been in the hundreds of millions of dollars for many companies.

Most companies in Europe still rely on traditional standards for assuring reliability and many are still predicting reliability using inaccurate and misleading prediction methods including MIL-HDBK-217, Telcordia, FIDES, and Siemens. Since several companies now are facing increasing reliability problems with some component types such as QFN and fine pitch BGAs, as well as complex systems of components, they are starting to realize that they need to do something to improve the reliability. Furthermore, competition has advanced the reliability field to various machine learning approaches which enable better anomaly detection, diagnostics and prognostics

This set of presentations will overview why many of the current methods are inadequate, why the standards need to be replaced and how companies can qualify products in an accelerated manner to ensure acceptable reliability. Virtual qualification, accelerated testing, target application requirements, physics of failure mechanisms and models, and prognostics-based prediction and qualification will be discussed, with various examples. Responsibilities with the supply chain will also be presented. The presentations cover three major topics, which show the state of the art, best practices, and area of continuing concern.

The seminar is an arrangement within the strategic innovation program “Electronic Components and Systems” (Smartare Elektroniksystem).


  • 08.30    Registration
  • 09.00    Advances in qualification (accelerated) testing
  • 11.00     Prognostics and systems health management (PHM)
  • 12.30     Lunch
  • 13.30     Supply chain management  
  • 14.00     Discussions of projects idea
  • 15.30     End of seminar


 Information and program.pdf


Hotel accommodation

Delegates book their own accommodation. Rooms are reserved at Hotel Gothia Towers until 18 August 2017. When booking, please refer to the booking number. All rates include breakfast buffet and VAT.

Hotel Gothia Towers
Mässans Gata 24
Phone +46 31-750 88 10
room [at] gothiatowers.com

Small room 1165 SEK
Standard room 1365 SEK
Double room 1365 SEK
Booking number: SWE070917


Last registration date
Limited number of seats

Registration is binding

2017-09-08 09:00 to 15:30
Gothia Towers, Mässans gata 24, Gothenburg, Sweden
SEK 2 000 before Aug 11, SEK 2 500 after Aug 11 (includes coffee and lunch)