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AIM, KESTER, OR INDIUM PASTE PREFERRED?

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Just wanted everyones input here. Just curious on others op... - Oct 27, 2005 by

indium gets my vote ... - Oct 27, 2005 by

james

#37379

AIM, KESTER, OR INDIUM PASTE PREFERRED? | 27 October, 2005

Just wanted everyones input here. Just curious on others opinion on what paste is worth buying. Thanks for any input.

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#37381

AIM, KESTER, OR INDIUM PASTE PREFERRED? | 27 October, 2005

All solder pastes are worth consideration depending on your needs. What do you need to do? When you know this, run the experiment and determing what best works.

I never have found a situation when/where Indium or Kester has failed to perform. This, again, is based on the experiments I ran for military, commercial and "strange" applications.

Is it lead free you need? Is it not?

Download some free documentation on the subject at http://www.moonmanondarkside.com

MoonMan moonshine@provide.net

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bobpan

#37383

AIM, KESTER, OR INDIUM PASTE PREFERRED? | 27 October, 2005

indium gets my vote

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james

#37384

AIM, KESTER, OR INDIUM PASTE PREFERRED? | 27 October, 2005

We have run AIM in the past and it seems to stick to the blades and be very tacky. Anyone else agree?

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#37386

AIM, KESTER, OR INDIUM PASTE PREFERRED? | 27 October, 2005

Alpha Metals www.alphametals.com Jerry

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KEN

#37387

AIM, KESTER, OR INDIUM PASTE PREFERRED? | 27 October, 2005

Which AIM? No problems here.

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james

#37392

AIM, KESTER, OR INDIUM PASTE PREFERRED? | 28 October, 2005

We used AIM water Soluble Sn63/Pb37 and it tend to be very tacky.

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#37396

AIM, KESTER, OR INDIUM PASTE PREFERRED? | 28 October, 2005

I have always encountered problems when using Kester (everything from bad solder to solder balls). I have profiled the boards to the extreme thinking it was my reflow recipie, but with no luck. I ended up going to AIM and I have never had a problem since (Lead-WaterSol, don't have type on hand)

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james

#37403

AIM, KESTER, OR INDIUM PASTE PREFERRED? | 28 October, 2005

Kester water soluble seems to work best for us at this point. I am just trying to figure out why we are having so many problems when we use AIM paste. It tends to stick to the blades, clog the aperatures and of course gives us insufficient solder.

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Rob

#37405

AIM, KESTER, OR INDIUM PASTE PREFERRED? | 28 October, 2005

Do you treat your paste with TLC?

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SuMoTe

#37409

AIM, KESTER, OR INDIUM PASTE PREFERRED? | 28 October, 2005

For PB solder, Indium has never failed to produce quality results. WS,RMA and 2%silver WS get my vote.

Can't speak for PB-free though

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#37413

AIM, KESTER, OR INDIUM PASTE PREFERRED? | 28 October, 2005

Have any of you used or evaluated lead free water soluble paste from kester or indium?

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james

#37414

AIM, KESTER, OR INDIUM PASTE PREFERRED? | 28 October, 2005

We go manufactures specs as far as handling our paste, so we dont have too many variables.

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Erik

#37722

AIM, KESTER, OR INDIUM PASTE PREFERRED? | 8 November, 2005

We use all three depending on application (flux type, size, etc). I think they all have excellent pastes, but it just depends specifically on how you are using them. I've gotta say it's hard to find bad things to say about Indium though.

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#37763

AIM, KESTER, OR INDIUM PASTE PREFERRED? | 9 November, 2005

We have used the Indium sac305 lead free with good results.

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#42450

AIM, KESTER, OR INDIUM PASTE PREFERRED? | 27 June, 2006

What is up with Indium 5.1 lately. Has Indium lost the recipe. The Lead free products from Indium used to kick ass, now they are biting mine. I'm looking at Aim 254 and Senju

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TMC

#42498

AIM, KESTER, OR INDIUM PASTE PREFERRED? | 29 June, 2006

I do not know about Indium but dealing with Kester has been the WORST experience I have had dealing with a supplier. Do not know who does the hiring at that company but they are failing miserably.

No, I am not a competitor. Just a pi%$@! off FORMER customer.

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#42518

AIM, KESTER, OR INDIUM PASTE PREFERRED? | 30 June, 2006

Indium Pb paste has always been great but the flux tends to implode on the BGA's (despite many different profile strategies). The Indium Pb-Free is horrible...horrible, and have been kicked out of my lead-free eval.

PS-I went to Moonman/Guru link again. My flippin' eyes are still hurting from that bright background on his website.

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#42519

AIM, KESTER, OR INDIUM PASTE PREFERRED? | 30 June, 2006

We had been using the Kester Easy profile 256 paste and recently switched to the 256 HA (high activity) paste. Ive seen a reduction in shorts and better wetting on our more difficult to solder components. Both related to one another but both positive.

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