The industries exempt from RoHS – aerospace, defense and medical equipment – continue to struggle with their need mitigate tin whisker formation in lead-free components. As more and more component manufacturers discontinue their leaded versions, the exempt industries are looking for ways to switch to lead-free parts without risking tin whiskers growth and product failure.
This year, the Surface Mount Technology Association will present a series of workshops on the topic of using lead-free products under high-stress conductions at its annual conference held September 26 – 28 in Rosemont, Ill. in conjunction with the Assembly Tech Expo.
Courses will include Lead-free Reliability, Lead-free for Harsh Environments, Lead-free Manufacturing/Troubleshooting, Lead-free vs. SnPb, Reality of Reliability of Lead-free, and other courses of a similar nature. The titles reveal an obvious theme – exempt industries now recognize they will have to adopt lead-free parts and learn how to use these parts in such a way that tin whisker development and be managed.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.