International Conference on Soldering and Reliability
June 6-8, 2017
Technical Program Finalized!
The International Conference on Soldering and Reliability (ICSR) is a highly technical three-day event in Toronto, ON, Canada where soldering and reliability professionals come together to share their knowledge and vision for addressing challenges related to the assembly and reliability of electronics products such as Solder R&D and Applications, Solder Joint Reliability, Technology Trends, Contamination and Cleanliness Testing, Failure Modes and Mitigation, and Defect Detection.
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Bauer and Bath to Keynote the Conference
On the afternoon of Wednesday, June 7, Dr. Charles Bauer, Techlead Corporation, will deliver his keynote presentation titled "Nanotechnology in Electronics Packaging, Interconnect, and Assembly: Hype or Reality?"
Jasbir Bath, Bath Consultancy LLC/Koki Solder, will speak on "The Importance of Design to Improve Manufacturing Process Yield and Reliability" on Thursday morning during his keynote presentation right before lunch.
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About ICSRElectronic products, particularly consumer products, have become more complex with greater circuit density and increased functionality. Reliability issues continue to be a major concern for industrial, bio-medical, aerospace and automotive applications and require designers to work closely with materials, manufacturing, test and quality engineers to reduce the likelihood of failure and maximize the probability achieving the design life in the application.
Starting in 2017 the scope of the conference will be broadened to include the physical design aspects relating to electronics component, product and system reliability, involving such topics as thermal and mechanical design, design for manufacturability, test and signal integrity. The Technical Committee has invited several OEMs and well known vendors to present papers, and plans to organize dedicated design sessions and a workshop. We look forward to increased participation by local companies involved in electronics product design and product realization.
Third-generation Pb-free solder alloys are emerging with focus on high reliability applications under harsh environment conditions, such as aerospace and automotive industries, consumer and complex telecommunication applications. One group of alloys is modified with various additions to improve thermal fatigue performance and resistance to damage from high strain rate mechanical loading. Another group of alloys with Ag content lower than SAC305 are being developed to address needs for better drop/shock resistance and lower cost. Solder alloys with lower processing (melting) temperature are being evaluated for both groups to reduce damage to substrates and components.
Assembly process challenges include the use of finer metal powders in solder pastes and novel components and packaging technologies. Use of alloys tailored to the application, wider variety of alloy choices, and smaller passive components are among the challenges being addressed.
The engineers and scientists involved in the design and manufacture of many types of electronics equipment are now also concerned with the RoHS 2 requirements. The compliance dates are July 2014 (already past) for medical devices, monitoring and control instruments; 2016 for in-vitro diagnostic medical devices but not “active implantable medical devices”; 2017 for industrial monitoring and control equipment; and 2019 for electrical and electronic equipment, which were exempt from the original RoHS Directive. And let’s not forget REACH! Materials, process, quality and reliability professionals need to come together to share their knowledge and vision for addressing these challenges.