Gideon Analytical Laboratories, Inc. has benefited from downsizing of several major companies. Our people represent over 70 years’ experience in chemical, construction, materials and failure analysis of electronic components (relays, transformers, chokes, capacitors, resistors, fans, cable, connectors, etc.) PWBs (solder mask cure, embedded tin in the solder mask causing electromigration, voiding in the resin, PTH opens, cross sections, solder joint reliability, IPC specifications and Military standards, etc.) and semiconductors (diodes, FETs, PWMs, oscillators, thyristers, SCRs, rectifiers, interconnect and packaging problems, etc.). We have supported the designing, building, debugging, and testing of electronic components used in computer products, mainframe, 3rd rail, automotive, trains, aerospace, consumer electronics, amplifiers, radios, nuclear reactors, etc. We have approved materials, qualified card manufacturers, power supply manufacturers, cable manufacturers, qualified manufacturing lines, audited lines to insure compliance and approved component manufacturers. We have resolved electronic packaging problems involving many companies’ products. We have written many of the specifications and qualification plans required to eliminate these problems.
We offer engineers the analytical and chemical analysis they require to assess reliability, construction integrity, materials compatibility, process control and manufacturing quality. We can perform failure analysis on new technologies and old. Check our “Success Stories” page to see the results.
Through failure analysis we can identify the problem area. Was the failure caused by an application problem? A design problem? A process problem? A mechanical problem? Materials? A quality issue associated with component manufacturing? Or is the failure an end of life wear out mechanism? These are questions we answer through failure analysis.
Gideon Analytical Laboratories, Inc. started in 1988 initially involved in hermetic semiconductor Residual Gas Analysis (RGA) testing, MIL-Std 883D, TM 1018.2 for commercial and Military application. We were sponsored by many large semiconductor manufacturers.
Who Are We?
Gideon Analytical Labs is a group of individuals who at one time handled the component reliability, testing and test procedures, material analysis, qualification, component selection, evaluations, line inspections and process approval for a large computer firm. Since the time of our departures (due to a perceived plateau and eventual reduction in mainframe sales because of increased work station capability and migration), we started an independent company whose primary focus is providing the same services to electronic companies as we did in the past for many internal customers. We have served in this industry for over 25 years.
The current industrial modus operandi is to let the component manufacturers provide the reliability data, failure analysis, failure rate, testing and corrective action. In this way the end users do not have to invest in capital equipment, people, and support an area that is not relevant to the main stream product line of their business. Balancing the needs (technology, strategy, survival, etc.) with skill requirements (personnel, support services, etc.) is a must for any business to remain competitive. Users of electronic components and printed circuit boards are demanding manufacturers be more responsive in providing the necessary data about:
- Failure rates
- Mean time before failure
- Reliability data
- Component support
- Component Analysis
- Root Cause Analysis
It often means a paper review is adequate to assess the component’s life. There are components where this approach will work and others where it will not work. As an end user you have to decide which makes sense. We realize many companies will mainstream their core business to reflect the volatile and fast moving technologies in the market place, thereby, eliminating many of the internal services and support groups (reliability, materials, testing, facilities, etc.) due to internal costs. The following shows why some companies are reducing internal costs.
Decline of Internal Support
Companies are utilizing industrial standards as acceptable methods of testing rather than their own specifications.
- The Long Term Reliability Days are over Maximum 60K POH.
- 2500 Power On-Off cycles reduced.
- Companies are downsizing to core business to reduce costs
- Support groups, testing and analyses are being vendered because they can no longer support the infrastructure.
- Redundant programs and groups are eliminated.
- Products converging on the same market are put in the position of internal competition with one another.
- The first to market with the best product are those who survive.
- Component vendors are taking more of a roll in supplying reliability data.
- Companies are using consulting firms, approval agencies, and experts in particular areas to qualify their product.
- It is easier to communicate company to company via e-mail and the web with reports and notes than it has in the past.
- The rising costs of employee benefits.
An outside vendor can provide these services at a significantly lower cost, provide them only when needed, and the skill base that is required to accomplish and correct the job is still available. You do not have to lose expertise because you lost ownership.
All of our achievements are to our customer’s advantage. They get a better product, retain their reputation in the eyes of the customer for solving the problem, and you get a service when and if you need it.
Whether you are established company with many products or a new company start up technical leadership in developing the most advanced technologies is crucial to the success of your company. This requires analysis of present technologies, critical components, state of the art materials and development of new ones. Gideon has the experience to make it work.