AIM to Launch Lead-free Seminars

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Montreal, Canada — AIM announces an international series of non-commercial seminars entitled "Finally! Practical Guidelines for Achieving Successful Lead-free Assembly."

This series will kick off in the Pacific Northwest later this month and continue throughout the U.S. and world throughout 2004. The seminars will be led by AIM and guest speakers from multinational OEMs and EMS providers such as Intel, RadiSys and others. With the WEEE/RoHS Directives outlawing lead from electronics in the EU by July 2006 and foreign competition driving the implementation of lead-free electronics assembly around the world, manufacturers need to fully understand the steps to take to successfully transition to lead-free assembly. To successfully achieve lead-free electronics assembly, each participant in the manufacturing process, from purchasing to engineering to maintenance to quality, must understand the changes required of them. While there are many theoretical workshops on lead-free assembly, this seminar focuses on the practical considerations for achieving successful lead-free assembly in the factory. Each step of the manufacturing cycle is addressed, from purchasing parts to inspecting assembled PCBs. Solid advice, real-world examples and helpful images of the means to overcome the many challenges of lead-free assembly are presented.

  • The status of lead-free legislation, marketing and implementation worldwide
  • Reasons for hesitation to move towards lead-free soldering
  • Design considerations
  • Component concerns
  • Circuit boards
  • Solder alloy considerations
  • Lead-free alloy requirements
  • Lead-free vs. tin-lead
  • Lead-free alloys process and materials compatibility
  • Comparison of various lead-free alloys
  • Flux and equipment considerations
  • Materials management issues
  • Lead-free assembly best practice for printing, reflow, wave soldering, rework, cleaning, equipment wear and tear, and test and inspection.

Upcoming dates are:

  • March 30, Spokane, Wash.
  • March 31, Seattle, Wash.
  • April 1, Portland, Ore.
  • April 7, St. Louis, Mo.

To participate, contact David Suraski of AIM at (401) 463-5605 or



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