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Low Temperature Solder Paste: All You Should Know

Solder paste is a combination of small metal solder particles and flux used in printed circuit board assembly & manufacturing. The purpose of solder paste is to create a stable bond between the plated connection pads on the PCB board and the electronic components being added to form a working electrical circuit. Size, composition, and flux density play significant roles determining the effectiveness of manufacturing process.

Low-temperature Solder Paste

The exact solder paste reflow temperature is essential to ensure certain components do not excess their maximum temperature rating during assembly. Low-temperature solder pastes that melt at a heat below 180° C are used for such situations, as “typical” pasts generally reflow at 250° C or higher.

Low temperature pastes can also be used in conjunction with higher temperature ones for applications requiring two-stage assembly. That is, some may require components to be attached first, and then additional ones added in a second step. By using two different reflow temperature pasts, the parts attached in the first step with a higher temperature paste, can be unaffected by the second lower temperature application.

Solders generally melt between 90° C and 450° C.The melting point of solder is engineered via selection of the solder blend and the heat resistance power of the particular devices being attached.

Alloy Melt Range Peak Reflow
Sn63/Pb37 183C 210-220C
Sn96.5/Ag3.0/Cu0.5 (SAC305) 217-221C 240-250C
Sn99.3/Cu0.7/Ni0.05/Ge0.005 (SN100C) 227C 245-255C
Sn89.0/Ag3.0/Bi0.5/In8.0 200-205C 220-230C
Sn88.0/Ag3.0/Bi0.5/Cu0.4/In8.0 197-202C 215-225C
Sn48/In52 118C 140-150C
Sn42/Bi58 138C 160-170C
Sn42/Bi57/Ag1.0 138-140C 160-170C

Tin/bismuth, tin/indium, or tin/bismuth/silver are the most common “low melting point” solders (150-170° C).

Two metals help to reduce the melting point, indium, and bismuth. Lead free solders like Tin / indium 52% and tin / bismuth 58% have significantly lower melting points than tin / lead 37% solder. The SnBiAg alloy system has a melting point of 138°C which enables a peak reflow temperature between 160 - 170°C. These low peak temperatures allow for soldering of thermally sensitive assemblies.

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