Is lead-free (Pb-Free) also on your mind? It should be. Lead-free (Pb-Free) will impact almost everyone in the electronics industry – from suppliers of component, board and materials like paste and flux to manufacturers and users of electronics products and equipment. Also expect considerable investment both in human resources and capital equipment. Your relationship with your suppliers and customers will also be tested.
There’s a reason that in the United States we no longer allow lead in paint or in gasoline. Though lead is a naturally occurring element, it can be highly toxic to humans. It has been connected with behavior and learning problems, lower IQ, slowed growth, anemia, and even coma and death in severe cases. Children and pregnant women are the most at risk of lead poisoning.
For a long time, lead has been part of the soldering process, which is critical to making printed circuit boards. Here at ACME PCB Assembly, we have made the commitment to adopt lead-free solders. Replacing lead solders requires more than just replacing equipment. Lead-free solders have a higher melting point, which means we have had to revise our entire production and assembly process. This required re-training our workers.
Lead-free solder and assembly reliability is achieved if trained specialists carefully implement several process requirements. There are a number of variables that must be taken into consideration to achieve lead-free solder assembly joint reliability.
ACME PCB Assembly is flexible in meeting your requirements. We have offered Lead-Free (Pb-Free) soldering since 2005. Please review Design to Avoid Tin Wiskers for RoHS compliant (Lead-Free) assembly. Though the change was difficult, it was worth it to remove the risk of lead exposure from our facilities. Now, when you work with us, you know that you are working with a lead-free PCB assembly provider.