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A Practical Guide to Achieving Lead-Free Electronics Assembly

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A Practical Guide to Achieving Lead-Free Electronics Assembly


Credit/Source: Karl Seelig, David Suraski

To successfully achieve lead-free electronics assembly, each participant in the manufacturing process, from purchasing to engineering to maintenance to Quality/Inspection, must have a solid understanding of the changes required of them. This pertains to considerations regarding design, components, PWBs, solder alloys, fluxe s, printing, reflow, wave soldering, rework, cleaning, equipment wear & tear and inspection. Introduction.


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Sale Open: Tue, Oct. 23, 1:00 AM PDT

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ProntoGERBER CONNECTION imports raw Gerber data and allows the user to add intelligent information to the shapes on the display. This smart data is then used directly by the other Unisoft FACTORY software modules or export to standard ASCII file formats for use by other manufacturing systems.


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Lead Free Multi Lead Soldering


Bob Wettermann

Best Inc

BEST Instructors have put to video demonstrations of common hand soldering skills. These are not designed to be in place of live one on one training where repetitive skills and subsequent one on one feedback is given. Rather they are quick refreshers designed to be viewed if a specific skill has not been practiced in a while.

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Advice on Reflow oil that doesn' t stink.

Posted by wayne

I am needing to know if anybody uses a Reflow oven Chain oil that doesn't create a horrible smell. Whenever we put this oil on it burns off and smells...»»

RoHS Calculation

Posted by jdumont

How do you guys calculate the total RoHSness of a part? Do you have to know the weight of the leads for instance on each part?... »»

Another in a long line of Philips Topaz questions...

Posted by Steve Thomas

We purchased a used machine and can't get the block fiducial function to work properly (PCB fids work fine). I can teach them and the machine will use them... »»

Visit the Forum...


Central Texas Electronics Association (SMTA/IMAPS) Vendor Show and Technical Program

Trade Show/Exhibition | SMTA

Fri, November 09, 2007 | Austin, TX, USA

Don't miss your chance to reach your existing and potential customers in the Austin area. Join us for the follow-up to the succesful 2006 Austin event!... »»

Thermal Management at the PCB Level

Seminar/Course | Premier EDA Solutions Ltd.

Tue, November 06, 2007 | The Stone House Hotel, UK

A one-day class being conducted on a daily basis through the month of October at our Oroville facility. Price is $295.00 per person.... »»

Design for Testability and for Built-in Self Test

Online Webcast | A.T.E. Solutions, Inc.

Mon, October 22, 2007 | Place to be Designated, MO, USA

All aspects of Design for Testability, from what it is, why you might need it, why someone would object to it, and what it can and cannot accomplish... »»

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Career Center

Manufacturing Manager - Electronic Assembly

Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories

Pullman, WA, USA

Manage to the goals established for the production plan, work quality and on-time delivery. Be accountable for the organization's quality, performance...»»

Senior Software Support Engineer

Panasonic Factory Automation

Buffalo Grove, IL, USA

By understanding the software and its functions, the ideal candidate will help identify and solve customer problems and provide general 'how to' assistance...»»

Automatic Test Equipment Sales

Lewis & Clark, Inc.

Lake Forest, CA, USA

Experienced Test Sales Person for our West Coast Region. Strong background in Agilent/ Teradyne/ Genrad equipment is necessary...»»

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Industry Associations


SMTA - Surface Mount Technology Association is a non-profit international association of companies and individuals (totalling 4,000) involved in all aspects of advanced electronics assembly, surface mount and related technologies. Membership Info

SMTA Certification for SMT Processes and Six Sigma Green Belt


Next Event: Upper Mid-west Chapter: Solder Paste Inspection Panel Discussion and 3M Innovation Center Tour


IPC - Association Connecting Electronics Industries is a US-based trade association dedicated to the competitive excellence and financial success of its nearly 2,600 member companies which represent all facets of the electronic interconnection industry, including design, printed wiring board manufacturing and electronics assembly. Membership Info

Standards & Publications

Online Store

Next Event: IPC Management Meetings, in conjunction with the IPC Executive Market & Technology Forum Conference

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