There is a lead test kit you can buy at most hardware stores to test for
lead bearing paint.  I wounder if that would work?

Chris. 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bagotronix Tech Support [mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] 
> Sent: Wednesday, August 11, 2004 8:43 AM
> To: Protel EDA Forum
> Subject: [PEDA] tests for Pb in solder
> 
> Hello, all:
> 
> I was wondering if there are any easy, quick tests to 
> determine if solder
> has lead (Pb) in it, and what the approximate concentration 
> might be.  I
> don't need a quantitative lab analysis, just a yes/no.  A 
> vendor told me
> yesterday that their process has been lead-free for over a 
> year now.  Then
> when I said that I don't want a lead-free process, they had 
> their process
> engineer call me back later and say that they don't use 
> lead-free processes.
> So I am wondering if the first guy made an honest mistake (he's not
> technical), or if they are switching their story to cover up 
> something.
> 
> Personally, I wish the lead-free hysteria would just go away. 
>  Lead usage in
> PCBs such a small percentage of total lead usage, it's not worth the
> reduction in solder joint reliability to switch to lead-free. 
>  Besides, how
> environmentally friendly is it going to be when the landfill 
> fills up twice
> as fast with lead-free PCBs that failed due to brittle solder 
> joints?  I
> wish U.S. electronics companies would fight this lead-free 
> madness (which
> started in the EU) by challenging it in the WTO as a non-tariff trade
> barrier.  Oh, I guess it's just good business to make stuff 
> that lasts half
> as long, that way they sell twice as much of it!  Oh, and 
> don't forget the
> patent royalties from new solder formulations!
> 
> Best regards,
> Ivan Baggett
> Bagotronix Inc.
> website:  www.bagotronix.com
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 
> 





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