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INDUSTRY TAKES A PRO-ACTIVE APPROACH: THE AIA-AMC-GEIA LEAD-FREE ELECTRONICS IN AEROSPACE PROJECT WORKING GROUP

Authors: Anthony J. Rafanelli and David Pinsky
Company: Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems
Date Published: 9/24/2006   Conference: SMTA International


Abstract: The purpose of the Lead-free Electronics in Aerospace Project (LEAP) is to develop and implement actionable deliverable items that enable the aerospace/defense industries to accommodate the global transition to lead-free electronics. The deliverable items address problems that are unique to and are within the control of the aerospace and defense industries.

These deliverables are in the form of standards and guidelines. The LEAP team is comprised of aerospace/defense OEMs, suppliers, and government customers and end users. The team has been working closely for two years on generating documents to provide guidance to the industry in the use, handling, qualification, and management of lead-free technology in aerospace and defense systems.

This paper will cover the following topics:

  • The Five Stages of Lead-free
  • Impact on Aerospace
  • LEAP Sponsors
  • LEAP Activities
  • Actionable Deliverables
  • Task Teams
  • Document Publication Schedule
  • How Do We Know When We Are Finished?
  • Implementation – Impact the Design, Production, and Support of Aerospace Vehicles
  • Major Issues to be Addressed - Reliability Tests, Configuration Control, and Implementation


  • Key words: Lead-free, tin whiskers, RoHS, WEEE.



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