Bob Willis

A look at solder mask contamination on pads.

This month we look at solder mask contamination on pads. FIGURE 1 is a very, very bad example that never should have made it to the customer. Solder mask residues are visible on the surface and around the edge of the pad. There is also a level of solder mask undercutting.






Figure 1. Solder mask residues.

This would not be acceptable per any standard and would have shown complete nonwetting during soldering. This would have led to a bad day in the office for the assembly engineer or, more important, the shop floor staff.

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Bob Willis is a process engineering consultant; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. His column appears monthly.

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