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SMTA Europe has announced Keynote Speaker Ralph Tuttle of Cree Inc. on High Power LED Solder Joint Reliability at the "Electronics in Harsh Environments Conference" to be held in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on April 25, 2018.
Advances in LED technology now allow operation at much higher temperatures while still achieving high lumen output and long lifetimes. While traditional lead-free SAC 305 solder alloys are acceptable for LEDs operating in benign conditions, they are not as reliable when LEDs are operated at high temperatures since they drive high currents. This talk will discuss failure modes associated with LEDs operating under stressful conditions. The research into alloy modifications to package construction will be presented.
Whether in production, or repair and rework, the cost of soldering iron tips can be easily overlooked, but with today’s requirement for higher temperatures in lead-free solder applications, the consumption of tips has dramatically increased. This fact, combined with changes in tip design to meet the higher thermal load requirements, has also resulted in escalating tip costs, making tip care a high priority.
Russell Poppe, JJS Manufacturing
Much has been written about the increasing shortages of electronic components such as MLCCs, chip resistors and other semiconductor devices. And the manufacturing industry is now seeing price increases and greatly extended lead times. It seems the situation is likely to get rapidly worse rather than better. What can we do? Read on.
Real Time With... NEPCON South China
At the recent NEPCON South China 2018 event in Shenzhen, Clemens Jargon, VP for Global Dispensing and Asia at Mycronic, discusses I-Connect007's Edy Yu the challenges that customers face on their journey towards Industry 4.0, and how Mycronic is addressing these issues. From jet printing to solder paste inspection, to pick-and-place, Jargon talks about their total solutions that aim to help customers take their production to the next level.