PCB Fabrication

Gold Allergy, Surprising Sources, & What To Do

by:A-TECH      2020-11-04

To ensure that the traditional coating supplies the right temperature and focus, the lowering agent consisting of nickel ions must be renewed. The copper finishes are present on the printed circuit board; this end present on the surface develops a critical interface between the printed circuit board and the element.


This type can also be known solely as 'exhausting gold.' Most of its purposes are commonly channeled to areas such as keypads and connector fingers. One of its advantages over the electroless nickel immersion gold is that it could differ in thickness. Generally, exhausting gold has low soldering ability, and it's not utilized to solderable areas because it is expensive.


These properties embody spectacular wettability, floor planarity, coplanarity, and long shelf life. The properties are contributed by nickel and gold layer.In ENIG, a nickel layer performs two functions. It acts as a barrier, and may stop the interfusion between gold and copper.


However, on the other hand it will react with tin, and produce intermetallic compound Ni3Sn4. The HASL surface floor can be not completely stage, which can cause points when used with smaller components.


After this process, to finish the elimination of extra solder and leveling by running the printed circuit board between the new air knife. It is essential to ensure that the printed circuit boards are lined, or else the copper can oxidize and worsen, ensuing in the circuit board being ineffective. Immerse the circuit board in the electrolyte tank and apply current to kind a nickel-gold plating on the copper surface of the circuit board.


Since the solder is often Tin/Lead, meaning this floor finish just isn't RoHS compliant. In truth, due to anti-lead laws within the EU, China, California, and lots of other locations, demands for other lead-free finishes like ENIG, ENEPIG, and other immersion finishes instead of ENEPIG have become better choices. HASL makes part soldering very efficient, however as a result of thickness of HASL coating, the planarity of the surface may be unsuitable for fine-pitch elements. A PCB surface end is crucial for a printed circuit board because it prevents the copper from oxidation – a critical ingredient to high-level utility performance.


This has resulted within the disuniting of the copper pads from the end. Unlike the recent air solder leveling, the electroless immersion nickel-gold doesn't uniformly wet.

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