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46 SMT Magazine • October 2017 AIM's Dr. Mehran Maalekian Speaks on New Alloys for Harsh Environments Dr. Mehran Maalekian, R&D Manager at AIM Solder, speaks with I-Connect007 Managing Edi- tor Andy Shaughnessy about new alloys that are targeted for high-temperature and demanding applications, particularly in harsh environments, where standard lead-free alloy such as SAC will not perform as well. Watch the interview here. dering, where the limitation is the cycle times, then we have vacuum reflow, which features a built-in vacuum into the reflow process, af- ter the peak zone. Here, we can get the escaped voids down to 2%. Those are the products we have in terms of equipment. But our team knows about the process also, and that's also another factor. So, when you buy with Rehm, you get not only the machine, but the whole support in your production. We are happy to do this to our customers. Las Marias: Do you have any other final com- ments? Wagenfuehr: I think the paste and the compo- nent suppliers should collaborate more for the industry to develop in the same direction. Of course, this will help everybody to have faster development and understand the emphasis in the machinery industry. Sure, we want to be the most sellable oven, but I think it's also impor- tant that the customer can choose and know who the right supplier is for them and the right component, and the right paste supplier. They often choose wrongly and choose ingredients that aren't right for the process, and make the wrong product. Maybe more communication between all the suppliers will open collabora- tion that will be helpful. Las Marias: Communication and collaboration are key. Wagenfuehr: Yes, correct. Las Marias: Thank you very much, Ralf. Wagenfuehr: Thank you. SMT CHOOSING SOLDER PROCESSES: GETTING IT RIGHT

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