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 Post subject: Pb-Free?
Posted: Fri May 12, 2006 12:53 pm 
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Joined: Mon Sep 01, 2003 6:59 pm
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Location: Boston
So Kirt what's up with the Pb-Free and RoHS icons? I assume it's a joke, but just making sure I'm not missing something.


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Posted: Mon May 15, 2006 1:19 pm 
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Greetings Maxwell:

It is just a little light-hearted jab at the lead-free craze going on. There have been a lot of resources and money poured into meeting the July 1, 2006 deadline. It will be interesting to see what happens once the deadline passes. Will the date be pushed out by the bureaucrats or will the flood of exemption forms flow forth?

Equally interesting is when, if ever, we will begin to get stories of field failures due to the tin whisker phenomenon. If there is a SnWhisker problem in a few years, it should be really good for the economy because it will force evryone to go out and buy replacement gizmos. I wonder how many battery fires will result from charging circuits failing? We will just have to wait and see. Maybe we will be pleaseantly surprised and there will never be a problem.

At some point, someone will probably do a report on how much extra pollution has been pumped into the air due to the additional energy required to reflow the higher-temperature Pb-free solder?

- Kirt Blattenberger :smt024
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Posted  11/12/2012