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We use diverse failure analysis methods to investigate failures in electrical and electronic devices, and the causes of the failures.

The purpose of failure analyses is to find the root causes of the failures

Failure analyses are used for a multitude of purposes (for example, process development, improvement of reliability, accident investigation). Failure analysis is also an essential part of accelerated tests when the service life or failure rate of a product is evaluated. Regardless of the purpose, finding the root cause of failure often provides the opportunity of drawing up instructions for avoiding similar failures in the future.

The causes of failures in electronic products are complex and can be connected to several different factors, such as design, manufacturing or use of the product. For this reason, it is also important to examine the background information of the faulty device together with the client before starting the actual technical part of the process.

The methods and equipment we use in our failure analyses include the following

  • Visual inspection, optical microscopy
  • Electrical measurements
  • Mechanical opening of components
  • Micro sections
  • SEM-EDS
  • X-ray spectrometry (XRF, XRD)
  • Infrared spectrometry (FTIR)

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