Enthone Supplier Quality Engineering Audit Optimizes OSP Performance

WEST HAVEN, Connecticut, USA, November 13, 2013– Enthone has introduced a comprehensive Supplier Quality Engineering (SQE) audit to enable the immediate identification of PCBs coated with the company’s patented ENTEK® Organic Solderability Preservatives (OSPs). The Enthone SQE audit includes OSP verification, process line optimization, and consultation on other PCB final finish options (e.g. immersion tin, silver, organic metal®), based on application requirements.

Specifically, a highly specialized composition analysis of the OSP-coated PCB is employed to confirm that an authentic ENTEK OSP is being used as specified by the OEM. Upon confirmation, a detailed review of the PCB fabricator’s OSP process line, including chemistry (cleaning, topography enhancement, precoat, OSP), equipment, and operating parameters is undertaken with the objective of ensuring PCB performance, yields and quality at the lowest cost of ownership.

Mario Orduz, Global Technical Manager – PCB, said, “The audit enables OEMs, EMS, and PCB fabricators to significantly increase reliability and performance throughout the supply chain, while dramatically reducing rework and rejects.”

According to the International Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (iNEMI), "Counterfeit electronic components, materials and assemblies are not a new phenomenon; however, global trade of counterfeits has increased markedly in recent years. Electronic counterfeits affect every segment of the market, and the use of undetected counterfeits can lead to increased scrap rates, early field failures, and increased rework rates, and -- in high-reliability applications -- can have far more serious consequences with severe or lethal outcomes. Regardless of the nature of the counterfeits, whether cloned, skimmed or re-branded, these components and materials are too expensive and dangerous to be ignored." (iNEMI -September 16, 2013)

ENTEK by Enthone is the only finish that is patented and legally registered ® to carry the ENTEK name. To verify your OSP process and request an SQE Review, please email entek@enthone.com or visit http://enthone.com/ENTEK_PLUS_HT/Verify_Your_Process.aspx

About Enthone
Enthone Inc., an Alent plc company, is a global and leading supplier of high performance specialty chemicals and coatings. Enthone creates customer value by providing innovative and cost-effective technology solutions to the automotive, building hardware, energy, aerospace, jewelry, industrial finishes, printed circuit board and semiconductor industries. For more information, please visit enthone.com/