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Medical Devices Must Go Lead-free

The most pressing issue many designers of medical electronics have in the foreseeable future is how to effectively design lead-free products. It’s difficult to kick long-standing habits associated with designing lead-based products.

But designers must learn to do so, because within the next year or so the European Union’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) lead-free directive is expected to incorporate medical electronics. Hence, medical device designers must start now to incorporate new design considerations and understand the adverse effects previous lead-based design techniques can have on lead-free electronics assemblies.

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