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Atotech to Participate at Connector User Congress 2022 | Anwenderkongress SteckverbinderJuly 1, 2022 | Atotech
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Atotech, a leading specialty chemicals technology company and a market leader in advanced electroplating solutions, will take part in the Connector User Congress | Anwenderkongress Steckverbinder, running from July 4 through July 6, 2022 in Würzburg, Germany. The show provides an opportunity for industry partners to connect and network.
Atotech’s product experts are looking forward to exchange with visitors on the latest market and technology trends and requirements of connector designs and applications at booth # 26.
The company’s latest product innovations for connector applications include:
- Silvertech® RBH – hard silver electrolyte for electric vehicles applications, e.g. power train bus bars and connectors
- Stannopure® PF10 – green tin plating process for connectors and lead frames
- Novoplate® NIW – bright nickel-tungsten plating process with approximately 20% W designed to increase corrosion and wear resistance for connector applications
- Argalin® XL – solution for high performance and temperature stable anti-tarnish for silver and copper deposits
- Protectostan® Plus 3 – green (PFAS free) post dip for tin to preserve solderability under steam or heat
After working for a capital equipment supplier for almost 50 years, I’ve found that the most important part of getting to know your vendor is good communication among all parties. While contact between fabricators of a constantly changing product line and the designers of those products may occur daily or weekly, conversations between you and your equipment supplier may be years apart. That lengthy gap often means that previous contacts may have been promoted, retired, or moved on to other opportunities. You may have also migrated to a new supplier with whom you have little or no history. In either case, you will be interacting with someone you are unfamiliar with (as they are with you). Therefore, it is essential for both sides to communicate clearly so expectations will align.
The opening session of the second day’s conference proceedings focused on global PCB trends and was introduced and moderated by Dr. Michele Stampanoni, vice president of strategic sales and business development at Cicor Group in Switzerland. He opened the session with Dr. Hayao Nakahara’s knowledgeable and enlightening video presentation on the IC substrates industry.
The 2024 Winter Conference of the EIPC took place January 30 and 31 at the IHK Academie in Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany. The keynote session will be reported separately. Here is my review of the first day’s conference proceedings.
Electrodeposition comes down to fundamentals. In the early days of plating, many users considered the nuances of metallization as black magic. Those days are long gone. Having a thorough understanding of the critical parameters that influence electrodeposition will determine success.
High Density Packaging User Group (HDP) is pleased to announce that Shikoku Chemicals Corporation (Shikoku) has become a member.