In the electronics market there is a need for the simplification of processes, in particular to reduce the total costs of manufacture. Everybody aims for higher yield with lower costs and minimized risks.
New materials and materials combinations can enable us to simplify your processes. What may sound straightforward needs to be fully understood. Simplifying an old, existing, manufacturing process itself without materials consideration, may be easier and initially cost effective; but if this leads to quality issues, even only a decimal of the ppm rate, the total unexpected extra costs can be considerable. Therefore, process reliability and full process capability must be ensured.
Risks for manufacturing are clear; weak points in the technical processes that lead to quality problems, sourcing problems for materials, delivery delays of suppliers, volatile international commodity markets (especially for precious metals), and many more.
This is why process simplification requires a very high level of expertise and experience. It starts with knowledge about materials and their compatibility in materials combinations. Then, all the relevant manufacturing process steps and the response of the materials combinations need to be tested thoroughly, in realistic conditions.
This can be done in an Application Center. If specialist knowledge in the field of materials, processing and application testing come together, it becomes possible to solve the technical challenges. The result is a pre-qualified materials system where materials are perfectly matched together and process windows are defined for a robust and reliable assembly process for our customer.