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June2005

 
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BEST continues to develop products, courses and strategies for lead free PCB processing. In this issue of our newsletter we inform you of the publishing of our lead free rework map and the launch of our online lead free rework course. In addition, BEST has put a new tool on its web site for hardware developers for estimating the cost to build prototypes in the 1-10 piece range. We invite you to visit this portion of solder.net when you are in need of building initial engineering prototypes or need to have a few circuit boards assembled using lead free solder.

BEST Finalizes Lead Free Roadmap The BEST team has been busy formalizing its lead free implementation roadmap which outlines how we will respond to the lead free challenges. This document will define how we can help our customers when they ask for our guidance, services and products. BEST is responding to these customer demands. Although BEST provides many services, the services that will be impacted the most due to the lead-free implementation process are the rework & repair services, BGA rework, and small-run prototype builds. The elimination of tin/lead solder from these processes will be determined by the demands of our customers. BEST will provide lead free processing services for three groups of customers: those that require rework of assemblies manufactured with tin/lead solder, those that require rework of assemblies with both tin/lead and lead-free solders and those that require rework of assemblies with lead-free solder only. Our lead free roadmap defines how we will tightly control the process and materials .

To see BEST's Lead Free Rework Roadmap

NEW Online Lead Free Rework Course

BEST, in conjunction with Cookson, ALC and PACE, have created an online course on lead free rework practices. This course, which can reside on a customer's server or be accessed anywhere where you can open a browser, is designed for the hand soldering or rework technician. Issues such as controlling materials, inspecting lead free solder joints, as well as the practical aspects of reworking lead free assemblies are taught in this course. Each student can at their own pace complete the course and are expected to complete a test at the end of each of the (4) modules. This course is the perfect precursor to a hands-on course in lead-free hand soldering or rework. Call BEST today for more information. To see the benefits of on-line learning

BEST Launches ProtoType Estimator

Are you a hardware developer needing an estimate on how much that initial alpha build of 1-10 prototypes will cost for your design project?Do you need to perform some qualification testing on building a few circuit boards using lead free solder components and materials? BEST has put this information at your fingertips 24/7 with a prototype build calculator tool. By entering the number of boards, the type of parts and their quantity, you can immediately have access to a prototype build estimate.
To estimate your next prototype build bookmark this page!

BGA Rework Process Description

Are you looking for a good resource which describes the BGA rework process?BEST has now posted a text and pictorial description of the various BGA rework process steps. Issues related to paste printing versus flux only attachment, site dressing and profile determination are detailed. Included in this process description are the methods for handling , packaging and inspecting BGAs practiced by BEST. BGAs.
To find out more about the BGA Rework Process

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