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Startling Results From Reliability Testing

Open product reliability testing in Stockholm, Sweden in January as part of a live production event generated some quite startling results. It was apparent that many components simply cannot handle the high reflow temperatures of a lead-free soldering process, and that many surface-mount machine suppliers are battling significant problems with QFN packages and other components that are mounting edgeways (bill boarding). However, some suppliers have achieved good results.

Since the EU�s Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) Directive � adopted in 2003 � banned lead in electronics products intended for the EU�s internal market, the transition to a lead-free soldering process has been far from problem-free. But that reliability would turn out to be such a big issue has been a surprise to most in the industry.

Credit / Source: Lars Wallin MYDATA automation

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