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Indium Corporation has released a new, bismuth-based low-temperature alloy developed for low-temperature reflow processes which require enhanced thermal cycling reliability.
Indalloy303, also known as Bi+, is an innovative alloy that retains the low reflow temperatures required for temperature-sensitive processes while enhancing the lifetime reliability of the solder joint beyond that of traditional low-temperature solders.
As a low-temperature, Pb-free solution, Indalloy 303 offers:
- A reflow temperature as low as 170℃
- Excellent thermal cycling performance
- Resistance to hot tearing
- Compatibility with SAC in hybrid BGA joints
- Low voiding
Indalloy303’s flux vehicle, Indium5.7LT-1, is an air-reflow, halogen-free, no-clean solder paste designed for assembly processes using Bi-based and In-containing low-temperature alloys. It delivers:
- Superior print transfer efficiency
- Clear post-reflow flux residue
- Solder bead and solder ball minimization
- Exceptional wetting on OSP, Immersion Ag, Immersion Sn, and ENIG
- Excellent coalescence of small deposits
- Outstanding SIR performance under challenging low-temperature reflow conditions
Andy Shaughnessy, Design007 Magazine
At the Atlanta SMTA Expo and Tech Forum, I met Neil Hubble, president of the metrology systems provider Akrometrix. If you’re not sure exactly what metrology entails, you’re in luck. In this interview, Neil explains why metrology is becoming a critical part of PCB manufacturing. We also discuss the company’s capital equipment, testing services, and why Akrometrix counts many of the top PCB and semiconductor manufacturing companies in the world as their customers.
Ed Zamborsky, Thermaltronics
During factory visits, I've witnessed what’s happened to our workforce after the pandemic. Sometimes it looks like operator separation for social distancing, working extra shifts to cover for lost or missing employees due to illness, workers who now work from home, or they have simply found working no longer suits them. One possible solution when you can’t hire skilled technicians is to look at automation, particularly automation for soldering. For many it was a “feature piece” for the obligatory factory tour just to demonstrate to potential customers they are forward thinking. Now it’s a reality to solve a true workforce shortage issue. But why use a robotic soldering system?
I-Connect007 Editorial Team
Successful skills training is a crucial part of the onboarding process and can take experienced staff members away from their primary jobs on the manufacturing floor. Effective training to onboard new employees can not only speed up the ramp-up times, but can also be customized to a company’s specific needs. We posed these four questions about new hire training to Sharon Montana-Beard, vice president of sales and operations at Blackfox.