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Des Plaines, Ill. — Kester and Metcal will present a series of Lead-free Technology Seminars scheduled to take place throughout 2004.
The next seminar will take place Tuesday, April 13 through Wednesday, April 14, 2004, in the Seattle area.Kester is a leading supplier of solder and related materials and services to the electronics assembly, micro-component, industrial soldering, hardware/retail and wholesale plumbing markets and Metcal is the leader in lead-free soldering solutions. Both companies understand the challenges associated with the implementation of lead-free assembly. This implementation is rapidly progressing in Asia and throughout the WEEE Directive in Europe, mandating the elimination of lead in many electronics goods by 2006. Kester and Metcal's global research and development, coupled with each company's relationships with key customers has resulted in complete process solutions and the knowledge to make lead-free a reality today. From combined experiences, the companies have developed this series of seminars to assist North American assemblers with the implementation of lead-free technology. These non-commercial seminars include SMT, BGA, inspection and documentation. They also offer attendees the technical ability to switch to lead-free reliably, effectively and in time to meet their customers' expectations.The upcoming seminar will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn Seattle/Renton, 1801 E. Valley Rd., Renton, WA 98055; (847) 954-8600, and will explain how to implement lead-free reliably. Additional topics will include alloy selection, flux selection, wave process, SMT assembly, inspection and documentation, BGA profiling and rework, reflow optimization, and issues and answers. Additionally, attendees are encouraged to bring their boards for rework solutions.The course will provide every attendee with a complete Lead-free Assembly Technical Manual containing detailed technical presentations, white papers and a subscription to the Lead-free Connections Newsletter, mailed quarterly. Founded in 1899, Kester is a world-renowned supplier of solder and related materials and services to the electronics assembly, micro-component, industrial soldering, hardware/retail and wholesale plumbing markets. For more information, visit www.kester.com.