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Press Room | Kester

ITASCA, IL — September 8, 2015
Contact: Michelle O’Brien, Marketing & Communications Specialist

Kester will be exhibiting (booth #131) at Surface Mount Technology Association International (SMTAI) 2015, which will take place September 29-30 at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.

Kester’s booth will offer attendees the opportunity to meet with the R&D and sales teams, and learn more about new products, including NP505-HR a zero-halogen, lead-free, no-clean solder paste formula developed specifically for high reliability applications, and NF372-TB a zero-halogen, no-clean, low solids liquid flux designed to withstand long dwell times and high preheat temperatures needed in thick board assemblies.

In addition to exhibiting, Kester will be participating in the NPL Solder Paste and Solder Joint Automatic Inspection Experience in the Exhibit Hall September 29-30 and is free to attend. On September 29 at 2:00PM, Kester’s Xiang (Shawn) Wei, Ph.D. will present “Partially-Activated” Flux Residue Influence on Surface Insulation Resistance of Electronic Assembly. This session will focus on new developments and reliability challenges in the no-clean solder paste and flux arena. On October 1 at 10:30AM, Kester’s Global R&D Director, Bruno Tolla, will present Reactivity of No-Clean Flux Residues in Electronic Assemblies: A Systematic Study. This session reports the latest research in better understanding corrosion and flux residue impacts relating to surface electromigration failure mechanisms. To learn more about either of these sessions, please click here.

“SMTAI is known as being the conference that keeps attendees well-informed on new technology advancements and industry best practices. As components and assemblies become more advanced, new challenges confront the industry such as evolving reliability concerns.  Kester is excited to lead sessions at SMTAI to help increase the industry’s knowledge on these topics, and introduce innovative new products like our NP505-HR paste and NF372-TB flux that were designed to meet these new reliability needs while delivering excellent performance,” stated Lynnette Colby, Kester’s Global Product and Applications Manager.

To schedule an appointment with a member of our R&D or sales team or if you have any questions, please contact Michelle O’Brien.


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Kester is a global supplier of assembly materials for the Electronic Assembly and Semiconductor Packaging industries. Kester is focused on delivering innovative, robust and high-quality solutions to help our customers address their technological challenges. Kester’s current product portfolio includes soldering attachment materials such as solder paste, soldering chemicals, TSF (tacky solder flux) materials, and metal products such as bar, solid and flux-cored wire. Kester is an Illinois Tool Works (ITW) company. ITW is a Fortune 200 company that produces engineered fasteners and components, equipment and consumable systems, and specialty products. It employs approximately 49,000 people, and is based in Glenview, Illinois, with operations in 57 countries.