Lead (Pb) FREE and RoHS FAQ

 

 

What is Rectronís current environmental policy?

What is a Pb-FREE semiconductor?

Are all Rectron products available as Pb-FREE?

Are Pb-FREE samples available?

Should I be concerned about whisker growth with Rectronís 100% Sn finish?

Do I need to make any adjustments to my current soldering process before using Rectronís Pb-FREE products?

When will all of Rectronís products be fully RoHS compliant?

Will RoHS & Pb-free compliant products be clearly marked?

What other hazardous materials have Rectron eliminated?

 

 

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What is Rectronís current environmental policy?

Rectron is committed to integrating a complete environmental management system (EMS) throughout all our daily processes and operations.  On December 15, 2005, Rectronís EMS was certified to ďGreen StandardĒ of ISO14001.  Securing a Lead-free manufacturing environment and the elimination of all RoHS listed hazardous materials from our products are key milestones in achieving full compliance to the growing worldwide demand for stricter environmentally standards.  This certificate is available on our website: http://www.rectron.com/quality_application/iso14001/

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What is a Pb-FREE semiconductor?

A Pb-FREE semiconductor is a device plated without Lead (Pb).  100% Matte-Tin (Sn) is one of the preferred alternate plating methods.

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Are all products available as Pb-FREE?

Yes!  The majority of our products have been plated Pb-free for over 5 yrs.  On 01/01/05, Rectron successfully took the necessary steps to eliminate the lead (Pb) without altering the intended quality or performance of our remaining components.

 

         100% Matte-Tin (Sn) plating is now the standard plating material for all our axial leaded and surface mount devices.

         100% Matte-Tin (Sn) plating is now the standard plating material for all our current rectifier bridge products.  Some of our legacy bridges are plated with either nickel (Ni) or Silver (Ag), however all are Pb-free.  

 

To view original versus current lead plating of Rectron components please click on this link: http://www.rectron.com/quality_application/Plating%20Changes%20of%20Rectron%20products1.pdf

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Are Pb-FREE samples available?

Yes, please contact your local Rectron Sales Representative or visit our website; http://www.rectron.com/documents/samplerequest.htm

 to place a sample order and the complete the form and submit the request.   The sample request will then be reviewed, shipped if stock is available or ordered from the factory and delivered later.  For any questions, please feel free to direct to our Application department, attention Joe Garofola at jgarofola@rectron.com or to our sales department at sales@rectron.com

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Should I be concerned about whisker growth with Rectronís 100% Sn finish?

No, however, whisker growth can be a concern on low grade, untested plating processes.   Rectron is now entering our 5th year of full production with 100% Matte-Sn plated devices without any reported whisker growth failures.   Our select choices of the proper base materials, chemical treatments, plating thickness, and pre-conditioned using a high temperature bake of 150C for 20 minutes have eliminated problems associated with whisker growth from our products.

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Do I need to make any adjustments to my current soldering process before using Rectronís Pb-FREE products?

No, adjustments are not required for our Pb-free plated devices are compatible with both the conventional Sn/Pb solder-paste soldering process and the elevated temperature profile, 260C for 10 seconds, required by most Lead-free soldering processes.   See this link for test results; http://www.rectron.com/quality_application/PbFree.pdf, of our component materials.

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When will all Rectronís products be fully RoHS compliant?

All products have been fully compliant since January 01, 2005 of a date code 0105.   Please view our Certificate of Compliance certifying 100% RoHS compliancy,

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Will RoHS & Pb-free compliant products be clearly marked?

Yes, Barcode labels placed on RoHS and Pb-free products will display the following:

"RoHS compliant (Pb-free)"

 

In addition, the following notes will be added to each updated component datasheet:

"Fully RoHS compliant"

"100% Sn plating (Pb-free)"

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What other hazardous materials have Rectron eliminated?

Please click here to see a complete list of banned hazardous materials.

Click on the below link to view SGS test reports of non-hazardous materials not present in Rectron components.

http://www.rectron.com/RoHS%20Verification%20Reports/

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