Just Ask Paul: Automotive and Lead-Free Solders


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We asked you to send in your questions for Happy Holden, Joe Fjelstad, Eric Camden, John Mitchell, and Greg Smith in our “Just Ask” series. Now, MacDermid Alpha Electronics Solutions’ Paul Salerno gets a chance to answer a question.

Paul Salerno is a global portfolio manager for SMT applications focused on the automotive and consumer market segments. He holds a bachelor’s degree in materials engineering as well as an MBA in finance and marketing from Rutgers University.

We hope you enjoy “Just Ask Paul.” 

Q: Where is the automotive segment moving as far as adopting generation three lead-free solders?

A: The expanded use of electronics in more sophisticated automotive applications, ranging from advanced safety to powertrain, has led to the continual adoption of high-reliability solder alloys. These multi-part alloys leverage traditional and non-traditional metallurgical techniques to create complex microstructures that enhance creep resistance at higher operating temperatures for improved product lifespan relative to traditional SAC alloys.

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