AOI benchmarking for new lead-free finishes

Soldering & Surface Mount Technology

ISSN: 0954-0911

Article publication date: 1 August 2000




(2000), "AOI benchmarking for new lead-free finishes", Soldering & Surface Mount Technology, Vol. 12 No. 2.



Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2000, MCB UP Limited

AOI benchmarking for new lead-free finishes

Keywords NPL, Lead-free sodlering, Automated optical inspection, Benchmarking

With the new lead-free finishes, the surface finish has a different characteristic, it is generally a great deal duller and the AOI, automatic optical inspection, equipment manufacturers are frequently asked how their equipment will perform.

The National Physical Laboratory, NPL, are offering a project that will benchmark AOI equipment. They will build a lead-free board, with various lead-free finishes and test available equipment. They have experience from a recent similar project.

AOI suppliers are invited to sign up for this project. For more information please contact: Dr Chris Hunt. Tel: +44 (0) 20 8943 6065; Fax: +44 (0) 20 8614 0429; E-mail:; Web:

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