Advanced Circuits Goes Lead-Free on All PCB Prototypes

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Advanced Circuits, the country’s leading source for quick-turn printed circuit boards, today announced that all prototypes PCB's will now be fabricated using lead-free solder as a plating finish. The lead-free HAL finish provides an enhanced solderable finish for printed circuit board assembly and meets all legislation requirements for the European Union’s RoHS Directive six months ahead of the July deadline.

Advanced Circuits, the country’s leading source for quick-turn printed circuit boards, today announced that all prototypes PCB's will now be fabricated using lead-free solder as a plating finish. The lead-free HAL finish provides an enhanced solderable finish for printed circuit board assembly and meets all legislation requirements for the European Union’s RoHS Directive six months ahead of the July deadline.

“Advanced Circuits is one of a limited number of PCB manufacturers in the USA offering a complete lead-free solder alternative,” said Tony Garramone, corporate training manager at Advanced Circuits. “We strive to stay ahead of the curve and provide our PCB customers with the most current technology. Any printed circuit board that we produce whether prototype or production is free of mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated biphenyls or polybrominated diphenyl ethers.”

Benefits of Advanced Circuits lead-free solder to manufacturer PCB's:

  • A lead-free finish at no additional cost
  • Processing at or near temperatures used for leaded solder application
  • Flatter pad surfaces than leaded solder

Compatibility with lead-free solder alloys and leaded solder used in assembly

  • Lead-free Printed Circuit Boards

Advanced Circuits’ lead-free boards are produced using a lead-free alloy of 99.3 percent tin and 0.6 percent copper with a trace of nickel (SN100CL). This solder offers an excellent alternative to more expensive lead-free finishes.

Advanced Circuits is also stocking a variety of higher temperature laminates for use in conjunction with the lead-free solder finishes which are designed to withstand processing temperatures between 260° and 288° C, depending on the laminate system the designer chooses.

About Advanced Circuits

Since 1989, Advanced Circuits has been a leading printed circuit board manufacturer specializing in engineering prototypes and quick-turn production boards with the industry’s best on-time shipping record. Unlike other PCB manufacturing companies, Advanced Circuits combines real-time online service with personalized customer care. Customers can talk to a “live” representative or go online to get quotes, place orders and check status 24 hours a day. In addition, the company offers free design for manufacturability checks, providing results within minutes, at http://www.FreeDFM.com. Advanced Circuits has no minimum order requirements and specializes in expedited services including same-day and weekend turns.

For more information, visit http://www.4pcb.com, or call us at 800-979-4PCB

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For More Information, Please Contact:

Melody Callaway

VisiTech PR

303.752.3552 ext 223

Melody@VisiTechPR.com

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