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.
Industrial workplaces are governed by OSHA rules, but this isn’t to say that rules are always followed. While injuries happen on production floors for a variety of reasons, of the top 10 OSHA rules that are most often ignored in industrial settings, two directly involve machine design: lockout/tagout procedures (LO/TO) and machine guarding.
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