Testing Services

  • Product Cleanliness Evaluations
  • Materials and Process Qualifications
  • Materials and Process Monitoring
  • Materials Validations
  • Component Cleanliness Testing
  • Comparison Studies for both Materials and Processes
  • Process Improvement Studies
  • Failure Investigation and Analysis
  • Water Analysis by IC per EPA Method 300.0 for Nitrite and Nitrate (Indiana State Board of Health Cert #: C-34-01)

IPC Test Methods Performed

PAL typically follows IPC testing methods, unless a client requests another approach or has their own method.  We are happy to discuss other methods and analytical approaches.  Below are some of the methods that we are typically asked to perform.

 Ion Chromatography (IC)

  • Method 2.3.28 (General Cleanliness Method for all Printed Boards and Printed Board Assemblies)
  • Method 2.3.28.1 (Halide Determination Method for Soldering Fluxes)
  • Method 2.3.28.2 (General Cleanliness Method for Unprocessed Printed Boards, reference IPC-5704)

  Surface Insulation Resistance (SIR)

  • Method 2.6.3.3 (85C / 85% Relative Humidity, 50 and 100 VDC biases, 168 hours, periodic monitoring)
  • Method 2.6.3.7 (40C / 90% Relative Humidity, 25 VDC / mm bias, 168 hours, continuous monitoring)

  Electrochemical Migration (ECM)

  • Method 2.6.14.1 (IPC Version of Bellcore Telcordia GR-78-CORE testing

PAL's IC Capabilities Include


Anions

  • Fluoride (F-), Chloride (Cl-), Bromide (Br-), Nitrate (NO3), Nitrite (NO2-), Phosphate (PO43-) and Sulfate (SO42-)

Cations

  • Lithium (Li+), Sodium (Na+), Ammonium (NH4+), Potassium (K+), Magnesium (Mg2+) and Calcium (Ca2+)

Weak Organic Acids (WOA)

  • Adipic, Acetic, Citric, Formic, Maleaic, Succinic, and others.

Note: Please note that the ions mentioned above are not a comprehensive list of the ions we keep in stock. Additionally, other ions can be added as clients request.

 PAL's SIR and ECM Test Vehicle Capabilities Include

  • IPC-B-24
  • IPC-B-25
  • IPC-B-25A (Typically used for ECM testing)
  • IPC-B-36
  • IPC-B-52
  • CSL / Foresite Umpire
  • SMTA Saber 
  • Client specific test boards
Note: SIR and ECM testing is not typically performed on live product 

Turn Around Times

Turn times can vary depending on our workload and what is found during an analysis.  However, IC work is typically completed in seven business days.  SIR work is typically completed in ten business days.  ECM tests usually take about thirty days to complete.  PAL attempts to keep turn times as minimal as possible.  In cases where more time is required, PAL makes every effort to keep the client informed of the progress of the project.

Report Options 

PAL offers two different IC report options to meet the needs of our clients.  The report options include a full analysis report in which we provide explanation of the results and the possible risks the results may or may not pose to your assembly function.   We also offer a data-only report for client's that have experience with the testing, but do not have access to the testing equipment. 

For SIR and ECM tests, PAL only offers full analysis reports, which include our explanations of the data and whether or not the results meet the minimum requirements needed to pass the test. 

Below are some samples of the reports described above.  Please contact us today!  

Sample IC Report.pdf Sample IC Report.pdf
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Sample IC Data Only Report.pdf Sample IC Data Only Report.pdf
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Sample B-52 SIR Report.pdf Sample B-52 SIR Report.pdf
Size : 1170.959 Kb
Type : pdf
Sample B-52 SIR Data.xls Sample B-52 SIR Data.xls
Size : 2592 Kb
Type : xls

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