Lead-Free Epoxy Low Flow Prepreg

General Information

Arlon’s 51N is a non-DICY multifunctional epoxy low-flow prepreg system designed to provide high reliability through lead-free solder operations. The high decomposition temperature and high thermal stability of this material is ideal for use in complex rigid-flex fabrication and assembly operations where minimum resin flow is required. Meets requirements of IPC-4101/126.

Detailed Specs

Process inner-layers through develop, etch, and strip using standard industry practices. Bake inner layers in a rack for 60 minutes at 225°F - 250°F (107°C - 121°C) immediately prior to lay-up. Vacuum desiccate the prepreg for 8 - 12 hours prior to lamination.

Lamination Cycle:

  1. Pre-vacuum for 30 - 45 minutes
  2. Control the heat rise to about 8°F - 12°F per minute (4.5°C - 6.5°C) between 210°F and 300°F (100°C and 150°C)
  3. Lamination Pressure: 150-300 PSI (11-21 Kg/cm2) depending on complexity
  4. Product temperature at start of cure = 360°F (182°C).
  5. Cure time at temperature = 90 minutes
  6. Cool down under pressure at ≤ 10°F/min (6°C/min)
  • Drill at 350-400 SFM. Undercut bits are recommended for vias 0.023” (0.9cm) and smaller
  • De-smear using alkaline permanganate or plasma with settings appropriate for epoxy; plasma is preferred for positive etchback
  • Conventional plating processes are compatible with 51N
  • Standard profiling parameters may be used; chip breaker style router bits are not recommended
  • Bake for 1 - 2 hours at 250°F (121°C) prior to solder reflow or HASL

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