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Electronics Production | June 01, 2006

Plating Technology Reduces<br>Whiskers Almost to Zero

"It's inevitable that the cost of parts is going to rise. We have no choice but to make compliance with RoHS (the European Union's directive on the Restriction of certain Hazardous Substances) our highest priority."

With RoHS about to come into force, many instrument manufacturers are switching the plating on their FPC (flat printed circuit) connectors and flexible substrates from conventional tin or Sn-Cu (tin-copper) plates to gold plate. While gold plating has a knock-on effect on the price of components, there is a significant reason why manufacturers are choosing to use it - with any other lead-free plating, connectors and flexible substrates develop whisker growth. These whiskers have caused a range of problems for instrument manufacturers over the past few years. Click here to read the full article on NE Electronics
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