Kester, Metcal, KIC Present Lead-free Assembly Seminars

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Des Plaines, Ill. — Kester, Metcal and KIC will present a series of Lead-free Technology Seminars scheduled to take place throughout 2004.

The next seminar will take place Tuesday, April 6 through Wednesday, April 7, 2004, in the San Jose, Calif. area.

Kester, a leading supplier of solder and related materials and services to the electronics assembly, micro-component and industrial soldering; Metcal the leader in lead-free soldering solutions; and KIC the foremost authority in lead-free thermal process solutions understand the challenges associated with 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.

This conversion from a leaded process to a lead-free process is not simple. A solid understanding of the alloys, fluxes, board and component finishes, and how they impact the process will be required. Additionally, another critical aspect of converting to lead-free is the shrinking process window caused by the higher solder melting temperatures butting against the temperature tolerances of the most sensitive components. Learning how to manage this "shrinking" thermal process window will be an important topic discussed in these seminars.

Kester, Metcal and KIC'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 Four Points Sheraton, 1250 Lakeside Dr., Sunnyvale, CA 94085; (408) 738-4888, 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.

To register for the Lead-free Solutions seminar, visit For additional registration details, contact Theresa Rudnick, Kester, at (847) 699-5580.

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



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