Solder paste for IMS boards

Using IMS (aluminium) PCB’s is new to me and we found that if our cooling fails at any point, some SMD components will basically desolder themselves and fall off. Do you have a recommendation for a higher temperature solder paste that can solve this problem?


Hello Jensa,
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The linked resource indicates use of a lead-free solder process having a melting point in 220°C territory. While there are higher-temperature solder materials available, the PCB material and the components on it have temperature limitations, both in regard to normal operating conditions and during assembly.

The typical solution to this issue is to build in over-temperature shut down protections, since components that are getting hot enough to de-solder themselves generally get damaged or degraded in the process. When a cooling failure occurs, the cooled devices will increase in temperature until a new thermal equilibrium is reached, power is disconnected, or something breaks. Failure is failure whether the parts fall off the board or the magic smoke comes out.

Obviously, but the whole intent of this board is to be a LED lighting board that connects straight to 24V/GND. It’s just high power LEDs in series and a matching high power resistor on a board.

I could obviously make this much more complicated, but the whole idea is to not introduce anything that uses lots of power with PWM that can produce ripple on the PSU. I just want something that pulls a steady current and a side-effect of that is that it gets hot. I’ll just heatsink the board to the physical machine then.

The added complexity of switch mode regulation over one single resistor is certainly real, but the benefits in terms of reduced power consumption, ease of thermal management usually also cost are substantial. Ripple in load current drawn is also a real thing, but it can be dealt with and in many instances is not as major an issue as some might expect.

If you’re just looking at in-case-of-fan-failure sort of situations, a bimetallic thermostat might be a suitable protection mechanism with a similar benefit of simplicity.

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Yeah. My main reason for opting for this route is actually that the light will be used for a high speed video recording, capturing full frames really fast. I don’t want a capture to happen while the light is turned off due to PWM. I have not found an easy way to sync the camera capture with PWM. It might be that very high speed PWM could get past that though?

I not sure on the size you need but using a capacitor can smooth out the for the voltage stability.

Ah. That’s one of few scenarios where I could see using a linear ballast on a high-power LED array making sense. I’d lean away from it anyhow, since saving a few 10’s of watts would go far toward solving that self-disassembly issue.

Switch mode techniques and PWM are related, but not the same; the output of a switching LED drive doesn’t have to “turn off” any more than the output of your 24V supply (which is most likely a switcher) does.

There’s technology available for use, if you care to do so.