Solder has been a loyal servant of the electronics manufacturing industry for years; however, like any aging servant, the efficacy of solder has been waning as the industry looks to make products increasingly dense. Solder has always been the weak link in the electronics manufacturing process, where a substantial number of defects are created and solder joints remain the most common site of failure in electronic systems. With that in mind, an alternative approach to manufacturing electronic assemblies without the use of solder is discussed in this short book. In most fundamental terms, the process is one where, instead of building PCBs and placing and soldering components to them, a component board is assembled and the terminations on the components are interconnected using traditional PCB processes and bypassing, completely, the high-temperature soldering process. The reader will be shown the numerous prospective advantages and benefits--economic, technical and environmental--of this important alternative approach, including rapid prototyping, which was first suggested 10 years ago and is just now beginning to be appreciated.
Joe Fjelstad is a 45-year veteran of the electronic interconnection industry and serial entrepreneur. He is also founder and president of Verdant Electronics, Inc. The company focused on the development of lower cost, more environmentally friendly and more reliable electronic products to meet the needs of both the most advanced products, as well as products for the world’s most disadvantaged peoples. A globally recognized author or coauthor of several books on electronic interconnection technologies, including Flexible Circuit Technology, 4th Edition; Chip Scale Packaging for Modern Electronics; and An Engineer's Guide to Flexible Circuits. He is also a magazine columnist and commentator, educator and innovator in the field of electronic interconnection and packaging technologies. A frequent keynote speaker at conferences around the world, Mr. Fjelstad has been the recipient of a number of industry and corporate awards over his career. As an innovator, he holds more than 180 issued U.S. patents and numerous international patents issued or pending.
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Joe Fjelstad does a great job of explaining the ins and outs of this process, as well as the numerous prospective advantages and some possible caveats.Dan Beaulieu
This book has everything you need to know about solderless assembly process, which could be the most innovative—and disruptive—technological development in our industry’s history.Andy Shaughnessy
Must admit the philosophical arguments–e.g. simplification and welfare of all–caught my attention more than the technical stuff. I was able to keep up with the technical stuff (there's simplification for you) for the most part and the figures spoke volumes (a picture is indeed worth a thousand words) for the advantages of SAFE.David M. Griffith, BSc Geophysicist
Mr. Fjelstad has dared to think outside the box. The result is a very readable exposition in logic, posing and answering a basic question: Why do interconnect electronics with solder? Socrates would be proud!Tom Borkes, Founder, The Jefferson Project