Trace Labs offers tin whisker testing

Palatine, Ill. — Trace Laboratories-Central, an independent testing facility, has established a new certification and testing program for tin whisker growth on components that are to be designed for lead-free compliance with the European Union’s Directive on the Restriction of Certain Hazardous Substances (RoHS). Tin-based plating is known to be susceptible to the formation of “needle-like protrusions, or whiskers,” that can result in reliability issues.