Working Report 16/2000

Environmental and technical characteristics of conductive adhesives versus soldering


The electronics and electrical industries are facing increasing pressure from legislation to remove lead from its products. This is because of the hazards to health during manufacture of the materials and environmental damage caused by their end of life disposal. For producers using/producing solder systems, electronic components and printed circuit boards, this legislation is likely to result in a range of changes in their production/assembly systems. This report describes the environmental aspects of introducing conductive adhesives in electronics manufacture compared with solder. It also contains a technical assessment of 13 adhesive variants by means of laboratory surveys and industrial cases

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