What's Next for Solder?

Mason, John F.
June 2006
Electronic News;6/12/2006, Vol. 52 Issue 24, p43
Trade Publication
The article reports on how Europe's environmental regulations have forced lead out of solder for most applications, except for a few exemptions, making a review of soldering techniques necessary. This affects producers, because new solder alloys must be used, which behave differently, causing materials and processes to be changed, and finished products re-tested and re-qualified. This calls for an investment in new design, probably in new process equipment.


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