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Solder Materials Science Gets Small as Miniaturization Challenges Old Rules

Solder Materials Science Gets Small as Miniaturization Challenges Old Rules

Though designing much smaller packages presents its own unique set of hurdles (a topic for another article), the ability to incorporate these microscopic components into a high-volume, high-reliability production environment is what's at issue for assembly specialists.

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Neil Poole, Ph.D. and Brian Toleno, Ph.D.


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BEST14ACktTrack Pad Circuit Frame

BEST14ACktTrack Pad Circuit Frame

Tin plated, for epoxy use. Can be used for both tin/lead and RoHS compliant. QTY 1.

The base metal is 1 oz copper with chemical etchant which allows for high bond strength to the PCB which will be repaired. The metallization on the PCB side is a bright immersion tin coating. It has a shelf life 6 months minimum and is date-coded on the circuit frame to which it is bonded.


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Saponifier Wash Process - Can someone share their knowledge of the disadvantage of using saponifier cleaning process?...

SMT vs TH - I need help in justification of Converting TH boards to SMT. We do quite a bit of I/O controllers using sockets and chips, and our biggest defect issues are bad chips. I am preaching to convert these boards over to SMT...

Mirtec programming discussion - Has anyone had any luck programming using the side cameras to inspect for defects on the sides of chip components? We recently had an escape of a damaged chip capacitor that was impossible to see from the top camera...

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Green Manufacturing Expo 2011

Trade Show/Exhibition, Conference | Wed, March 16 | Sponsored by: Canon Communications LLC

The Green Manufacturing Expo is part of the largest advanced design and manufacturing event in the Western United States, showcasing hundreds of sustainable manufacturing resources...

Design for Testability and Test Strategy Selection

Online Webinar | Fri, March 18 | Sponsored by: SMTA

This course will address advanced problem solving of printed circuit board defects. Defects, such as interconnect separation, delamination, wedge voids, plating folds, microvoids, surface pitting...


Trade Show/Exhibition, Conference | Sun, April 10, 2011 - Thu, April 14 | Sponsored by: IPC

Join thousands of colleagues from more than 50 countries at our industry's premier event � featuring advanced and emerging technologies in printed board design and manufacturing, electronics assembly and test...

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Industry Associations Events


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 | Bookstore

Next Event: South East Asia Technical Conference on Electronics Assembly Technologies - May 19


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 | Training & Certification Programs | Standards & Publications - Online Store

Next Event: electronica & Productronica China - March 8

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