03015 as a key concept in the electronics industry

Hardly visible to the naked eye, bearing names like 03015 or 01005, but the key actors behind unique innovations in the electronics world. Whether a smartphone, tablet or LED lighting, when it comes to manufacturing electronic products all eyes are now on the tiniest SMT components like microchips, capacitors or resistors. They offer new technological solutions and challenge industry to compromise and do what it takes to keep pace with the shift toward miniaturisation.

Thumbnail picture of a 03015 component, placed on a one Euro cent coin

The electronics industry is pursuing a clear trend here.

Although components are getting ever-smaller, reliability in manufacturing and functional terms must remain flawless. 03015 components are currently the smallest on the market, with an edge length of just 0,3 x 0,15 mm. Accurate processing remains a challenge when manufacturing modern electronics – one which can only be met when customers and suppliers collaborate throughout the entire process chain as well as making innovative developments”, explained Dr. Hans Bell, Head of Development at Rehm.

Central requirements for the entire process

“Complex Boards” cooperation project

SIPLACE Demo Board (Image: ASM Assembly Systems)

Common, innovative ideas are the key to meeting the requirements of very small components in the future. The result is ultimately what counts – and that is a perfectly functioning product. When it comes to miniaturisation, we can only achieve our goal by sharing our ideas and experiences.

As part of a cooperation project, the companies ASM, ASYS, Fraunhofer IZM, Christian Koenen, Heraeus, Rehm and TDK Europe explored the limits of what is feasible on the complex SIPLACE Demo Board. The reflow soldering testing focused, in particular, on the parallel processing of thermally demanding components such as transformers and through-hole connectors, in addition to the smallest SMD components like the 03015. The results of the cooperation project are explained in more detail in the brochure “Complex Boards – a Challenge for SMT”, which can be obtained from the companies involved. We look forward to implementing further projects together with our partners.