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Making the change to lead-free soldering

Connect, no. 134, January/February 2005, p.8

Making the change to lead-free soldering

Companies manufacturing electronic and electrical equipment now have Environmental Awareness for Electronics in Yorkshire & Humber, a major new technology transfer programme to help them comply with new European Environmental legislation and make the change to lead-free soldering.

The new European Environmental Directives Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and Restriction of the use of certain Hazardous Substances (RoHS), effective 1 July 2006, mean that the industry has to switch from using tin/lead solder to lead-free solder for joining components to printed circuit boards.

Environmental Awareness for Electronics in Yorkshire & Humber is an 18-month programme which began in October 2004. Its purpose is to increase the region's competitive edge by providing technical support services to establish the knowledgeable and confident lead-free manufacturing supply-chain demanded by customer-companies, and by advising on design for disassembly to comply with recycling Directives.

The Electronics & Sensors Group of TWI Ltd, which has a regional facility in Sheffield, has teamed-up with Electronics Yorkshire, an established key player in the provision of technical support services to the industry through its Leeds-based Training and Technology Centre.

Primarily for SMEs (less than 250 employees), the programme is for firms involved in manufacture for the consumer products, communications, monitoring and control, automotive, aerospace and medical device sectors.

Participating companies will have access to leading experts and a range of manual and mechanised soldering equipment, including a lead-free soldering assembly line, and extensive testing and analysis facilities. To improve local delivery of support services, a new lead-free training centre has been set up at TWI Sheffield, which will complement Electronics Yorkshire's facilities in Leeds.

Further information on Environmental Awareness for Electronics in Yorkshire & Humber is available from - TWI: Sarah Welch or Roger Wise on +44 (0)1223 899000., and -
Electronics Yorkshire: Dave Williams on 0113 274 4250.,

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