JECED and the International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative have produced two documents intended to help manufacturers reduce the risk of tin whiskers growing on lead-free products. JESD201 and JP2002 (developed with IPC) set out strategies to help reduce the occurrence of tin whiskers. Researchers conceded that these are mitigation strategies and that "it is not possible to guarantee that tin whiskers will not grow under field conditions."
This is tough news for manufacturers in the industries such as defense, aerospace and medical equipment, which are exempt from the RoHS lead-free laws. The exempt industries are now forced to choose between risking tin whiskers — and potential product failure — or redesigning their products with pricey high-reliability components.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
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 discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.