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Transitioning the OEM to Lead Free PCBs (Page 6)

A well-trained EMS provider staff, proved lead-free process flows, and investment in advanced technology can help OEMs move efficiently to lead-free.

It is important for the OEM to understand potential problems that can occur when transitioning from leaded to Pb-free (lead-free) PCB layout, fabrication, assembly, and part procurement. In these instances, a well-informed EMS provider with Pb-free trained engineers, technicians, and procurement staff can be a valuable asset to the OEM, and can be used as an efficient Pb-Free transition team.

First and foremost, it is critical that the EMS provider maintains a strong engineering team with an in-depth understanding the European Union’s (EU) Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) and Pb-free requirements. The deadline for complying with these requirements was last July 1, 2006.

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