Software company ANSYS has acquired the assets of DfR Solutions, a Maryland-based developer of the Sherlock automated design reliability analysis software.

ANSYS, a leading provider of engineering simulation software, plans to utilize Sherlock to help customers to quickly and easily analyze for electronics failure earlier in the design cycle — saving users time and money during the development process.

The terms were not disclosed.

“ANSYS and DfR Solutions share a vision of democratizing the process of electronics design by bringing powerful, analytical tools to every engineer involved in electronic hardware,” CEO DfR Solutions Craig Hillman said in a statement. "ANSYS brings industry-leading electronic simulation capabilities, while DfR’s Sherlock extends the value of simulation by clearly quantifying the real-world cost of design and material selection decisions."

ANSYS has more than 75 strategic sales locations throughout the world with a network of channel partners in 40-plus countries.