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The Lead Free Electronics Manhattan Project - Phase I

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The objective of the Pb-Free Electronics Manhattan Project - Phase I has been accomplished. Best practices have been captured and documented in two artifacts. The first artifact articulates best practices identified to mitigate the risks associated with Pb-free electronics usage in high-reliability, high-performance aerospace and defense systems. The second artifact captures the Manhattan Project approach as a best practice for addressing pervasive issues facing the manufacturing and customer community. The set of Pb-free electronics best practices contained in this report constitute the current baseline practices as determined by the assembled team of nationally-recognized subject matter expert scientists and engineers. Current baseline practice is defined to be a practice that describes the current state-of-the-art as a baseline against which future improvement can be measured. They are provided as guidelines and will change as additional information is accumulated over time and evaluated. Known issues with the current baseline practices and technical gaps are also identified in the report. Phase II of the Pb-Free Electronics Manhattan Project will build upon this current baseline and develop a three-year roadmap for the Phase III research and development required to deal with those issues. The second deliverable, prepared concurrently by the Navy ManTechs Benchmarking and Best Practices Center of Excellence B2PCOE, deals with the process aspect of the Manhattan Project serving as a framework to deal with complex, multi-disciplined technical issues. The B2PCOE study captured this best process practice during the execution of Phase I. The process integrated a set of dynamic, highly skilled scientists and engineers, and helped them converge within a real-time, concentrated working environment to synthesize their collective knowledge and experience into a practical set of findings and guidelines.

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  • Electrical and Electronic Equipment
  • Properties of Metals and Alloys
  • Fabrication Metallurgy
  • Manufacturing and Industrial Engineering and Control of Production Systems
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Solid Wastes and Pollution and Control

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