DYCONEX opened reliability testing laboratories in December 2014, expanding its Center of Competence.

The labs unify all the processes required for precise monitoring of product reliability.

Equipment includes stations for electrical fault isolation and thermography, as well as multiple IST (interconnect stress test) units, bending testers and a soldering simulation oven.

A scanning electron microscope and various optical microscopes are available for analysis purposes.

For critical applications such as active medical implants, the laboratory developed models that enable precise predictions about product reliability using accelerated test procedures.

These models are the basis for examining and improving fabrication processes, for a newly developed acceptance test for each batch, and comprehensive monitoring of product reliability.

DYCONEX Quality Management director Dr Hans-Peter Klein said: "This expansion is a key step in our strategy of making reliability measurable."