Soldertec Global, a company that does testing for the electronics industry, has launched a RoHS reliability assessment service that is designed to combine the strength of an expert UK consultant and an independent laboratory. The service has modular components that allow OEMs to select an assessment package that targets individual needs.
The on-site consultancy includes a capability audit that includes board procurement, review of assembly processes, inspection of solder joints and handling of warranty returns. The testing begins by examining the structure of the solder joints using X-ray inspection and scanning electron microscope images, but it can also be extended to investigate accelerated life testing and the effect of vibration, utilizing a range of instruments and techniques available at the Soldertec laboratory.
“The RoHS reliability service allows manufacturing companies to support their RoHS process capabilities with a report from an independent laboratory and a full day consultancy service from one of the industry’s best-known soldering engineers, Bob Willis of EPS,” says Tom Perrett, marketing manager at Soldertec. “The reassurance that comes from the report and the advice given enables companies to progress knowing that they are building their lead-free manufacturing developments on firm foundations.”