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Sparked by innovation in the assembly of electronic components, electronics have become smaller, lighter and less expensive. Currently, oxidation reaction, poor wettability and high peak temperature during soldering of printed circuit boards create harm to electronic solder joints. To offset these effects, using nitrogen to inert the atmosphere during soldering has become a globally accepted practice within electronics manufacturing.

Adapting to a fast-evolving market

To stay competitive in today’s market of electronics manufacturing, manufacturers must keep pace with evolving technologies, while reducing costs and navigating the latest regulations. Air Liquide has supported electronics manufacturing actors since the 1990s, with solutions for every step of their processes from assembly through testing, storage and cleaning.

Comprehensive solutions, equipment and audits

Our ALIX™ offer is a range of all-in-one solutions for the electronics manufacturing industry. While its main feature is nitrogen supply, it extends to application equipment and audit services. These are an important step as they assure our solutions best reflect our customers’ unique processes. Using the audit system, we are able to:

  • Measure the optimal inerting atmosphere inside the reflow oven
  • Ensure quality and safety with verification of the atmosphere in the oven, and conduct leakage checks
  • Optimize performance, including the quality of soldering and nitrogen consumption

Core expertise in assembly

Assembly is the focused core process. In this regard we offer solutions to achieve controlled nitrogen atmospheres, thereby reducing the negative effects of oxidation for wave or reflow soldering. The ALIX™ offer for electronics manufacturing includes the following solutions:

  • ALIX™ Inertwave HT is a solution dedicated to the wave soldering process, it includes patented customized application equipment, right inert gas supply and the support of our worldwide experts
  • ALIX™ Reflow is a solution dedicated to reflow soldering process: it involves deep-level inspection and diagnostics to understand the customer’s assembly processes and propose a tailored solution to improve them
  • ALIX™ Control ensures a continuous analysis of the atmosphere in reflow soldering: for better savings and quality control, it monitors and manages the soldering atmosphere by controlling its oxygen content

Testing and storage solutions

Our offer for testing is ALIX™ Cryo, designated for HALT/HASS process (Highly Accelerated Life Testing/Highly Accelerated Stress Screening). This is a cryogenic solution (based on liquid nitrogen supply) to perform high-speed thermal stresses (-70°C/min).

ALIX™ Dry P is a patented solution for long- or short-term storage of electronic components sensitive to humidity, oxygen or air pollutants. Easy to install, our cabinets deliver a fast and reliable atmosphere without the need for an electricity supply and with totally independent compartments.

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