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My BBC Interview on Tin Pest

Imagine my excitement when Laurence Knight of the BBC contacted me to see if I was interested in being interviewed on the topic of tin pest, with a secondary discussion on tin whiskers. After a 30-minute phone call, it appeared … Continue reading

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Lack of Concern for Tin Pest as a Reliability Issue in Mission Critical Products Still Hard to Understand

Folks, My recent post on tin whiskers sparked the memory of tin pest in my mind. I have to admit, that with all of the legitimate reliability concerns related to tin whiskers, I am surprised that there has been essentially … Continue reading

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Revelations at ACI

Folks, I’m taking a few moments from Wassail Weekend, held annually in my village, Woodstock, VT (“The prettiest small town in America”), to write a post about the recent workshops at ACI. Indium colleague Ed Briggs and I gave a … Continue reading

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Tin Pest: A Forgotten Issue in Pb-Free Assembly?

Tin is a metal that is allotropic, meaning that it has different crystal structures under varying conditions of temperature and pressure. Tin has two allotropic forms. “Normal” or white beta tin has a stable tetragonal crystal structure with a density … Continue reading

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Tin Pest: A Forgotten Concern in Pb-Free Assembly?

If tin pest were a living thing it might complain, “I can’t get no respect.” Reason: Tin whiskers get so much attention, while tin pest is forgotten. Although my feeling is that tin whiskers are a greater concern, the number … Continue reading

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