Wednesday, February 10, 2010

DoD Finally Gets Busy with Pb-free

After an initial delay, with primarily Aircraft Advisories for guidance, the DoD has had a flurry of recent activity. These included experimenting with lead-free manufacturing, a white paper by the PERM group, identifying best practices in lead-free, and developing a DoD-wide policy statement.

What’s next? There is currently a strong push at all levels for a comprehensive funding effort to find acceptable replacements for lead (Pb) in aerospace / defense electronics. Atthe same time, DoD is unlikely to ban lead-free solder. It will instead focus on lead free control plans. A potential alternate approach is the Verizon way: they have introduced so many requirements that none of their suppliers will ever go lead-free. For more information on lead free control plans, contact Craig Hillman,

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