With European directives for lead elimination in electronics coming into effect next year, RTP Co. has formulated a wide range of engineering plastic compounds that withstand the higher temperatures of lead-free soldering. Components exposed to these soldering processes have to withstand temperatures of 260C or higher. Among the RTP compounds that fit the bill are those based on PEEK, LCP, PPS, PPA, and HTN. A detailed look at the products that can stand up to high-temperature soldering can be found at www.rtpcompany.com/soldering.
As manufacturers add new technologies to their products, designing for compliance becomes more difficult. Prepare for the certification testing process. Otherwise, you increase the risk of discovering a safety issue after a product leaves the assembly line. That will cause significant time-to-market delays, be much costlier to fix, and damage your brand in the eyes of customers.
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