Providing added value solutions, services and support
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.