IPC Publishes Findings from Round Robin Test Program on Lead Free Solder
NORTHBROOK, Ill., August 12, 2003-IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries̉ and its Solder Products Value Council (SPVC) announce the release of a white paper report that summarizes a round robin test program on the assembly properties of three lead free solder alloys.
The white paper report (IPC-SPVC-WP-006) is titled "Round Robin Testing and Analysis, Lead Free Alloys-Tin, Silver and Copper."
In its ongoing efforts to achieve a worldwide consensus on a standard alloy for the electronics industry, IPC's SPVC Lead Free Technical Committee completed analysis of round robin testing of three tin-silver-copper alloys, in the following percentages respectively: 96.5/ 3.0/ 0.5; 95.5/ 3.8/ 0.7; and 95.5/ 4.0/ 0.5.
Tests performed by IPC SPVC members included:
-Wetting balance responses
These tests determine assembly process parameters for the alloys and demonstrate the ability of the alloys to form intermetallic bonds (connections) between the substrate and the components of the assembly.
"These tests were designed to determine if there are any significant differences in performance between the three lead free alloys," said Dr. Greg Munie, Kester Solder and editor of the white paper. "Based on the statistical analysis of the data gathered from the tests, the difference between alloys is not statistically significant."
The Council previously announced that the next phase of their lead free test program will be long-term interconnection reliability testing, including thermal shock and thermal cycling of the three lead free alloys.
Members of the IPC Solder Products Value Council include AIM; Cookson Electronics Assembly Materials Group; Amtech, Inc.; Avantec Performance Chemicals, Electronic Business Unit; EFD, Inc.; Henkel Loctite; Indium Corporation; Kester Northrop Grumman; Koki Company Ltd.; Nihon Superior Company Ltd.; P. Kay Metal Supply Inc.; Qualitek Group of Companies; Senju Metal Industry and Thai Solder Industry Corporation.
The 19-page white paper includes examples of statistical analysis, data analysis of the tests, data tables of testing participants and a reproduction of IPC test methods used. A free copy of the report is available at http://leadfree.ipc.org/LeadFreeWP006.asp or a hard copy report is available through IPC's Online Store (www.ipc.org/onlinestore) at $20 for members and $30 for nonmembers.
For more information, contact Tony Hilvers, IPC vice president of industry programs, at [log in to unmask] or 847-790-5337.
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