|Ask the Experts|
April 7, 2021
Reduce Glare During Assembly
We have a problem with excessive glare during hand assembly operations, particularly when placing components by hand, and inserting and soldering wires by hand.
We are looking to either changeour task lighting, or use polarized safety glasses to reduce the glare and eyestrain. The variety and choices are staggering. Can you offer any suggestions?
|Expert Panel Responses|
Virtually all solder mask manufacturers offer matte and semi-matte formulations. In addition to mitigating glare these reduced-gloss masks arguably improve conformal coating bond, something of a bonus. So ask your board fabricator, as this should be an easy topic of conversation for them.
Circuit Connect, Inc.
Diffuse lighting is going to make the biggest difference overall. You may be able to reduce some glare by using polarized glasses, but there are two distinct limitations to them:
Glare from direct task lighting can be a myriad of issues. Facility Lighting, Ambient light direction, Solder Finish, Solder Mask and task lighting types ... most common, "Halo" versions, Florescent and Desk lamps.
Someways in which we have managed lighting involve the following:
Capital Equipment Operations Manager
Specialty Coating Systems
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