Lenovo™ annonce un processus innovant de production de PC

Lenovo™ annonce un processus innovant de production de PC

Le nouveau processus de production Low Temperature Solder (TLS) réduit les émissions de CO2 de 35%

Mardi 7 février 2017 — Lenovo annonce aujourd’hui une nouvelle demande de brevet pour le processus Low Temperature Solder (LTS – soudure basse température). Ce processus particulier est développé pour améliorer la production des PC, tout en réalisant des économies d’énergie et en accroissant la fiabilité. Depuis plus de dix ans, après l’arrêt de la soudure au plomb, l’industrie électronique cherche une solution pour réduire la chaleur, la consommation électrique et les émissions de CO2. Le processus de soudure à l’étain a finalement été amélioré et a remplacé l’ancien processus au plomb.

Le nouveau processus à l’étain nécessite des températures extrêmement élevées qui consomment plus d’énergie et accroissent considérablement la pression sur les composants. Avec le nouveau processus LTS, Lenovo montre que l’entreprise reste à la pointe de l’innovation. Ce processus de production révolutionnaire peut non seulement être appliqué aux produits Lenovo, mais aussi universellement pour la production d’autres appareils électroniques.

Lenovo continue ainsi à prouver qu’elle est un chef de file dans le domaine de l’innovation, de la technologie et de la durabilité. Les économies engendrées par le nouveau processus LTS témoignent aussi de son engagement à soutenir une transition vers une économie pauvre en CO2. Lenovo a en outre l’intention, en 2018, de proposer gratuitement le nouveau procédé pour une utilisation à l’échelle industrielle.

Vous trouverez de plus amples informations dans le communiqué de presse en anglais ci-dessous.

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Lenovo™ Announces Breakthrough, Innovative PC Manufacturing Process

New Low Temperature Solder manufacturing process will reduce carbon emissions by 35%1

Estimated annual saving of 5,956 metric tons of CO2, equivalent to the consumption of 670,170 gallons of gasoline per year3

BEIJING and TOKYO – Feb 7, 2017Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today announced a new patent-pending Low Temperature Solder (LTS) process developed to improve PC manufacturing by conserving energy and increasing reliability. Ever since having to abandon the use of lead-based solder more than 10 years ago due to environmental concerns, the electronics industry has been searching for a solution to reduce heat, power consumption and carbon emissions by improving the tin-based solder process which replaced the older lead-based process. The newer tin-based process required extremely high temperatures consuming more energy and adding significant stress on components. With a new LTS process, Lenovo proves it continues to be at the forefront of innovation, introducing a game-changing manufacturing process that is not only applicable to Lenovo products, but can be universally applied to all electronics manufacturing involving printed circuit boards with no cost or performance impact to customers.

The true innovation is in the science and testing required to develop and validate the new LTS process. Lenovo investigated thousands of combinations of solder paste material composed of a mixture of tin, copper, bismuth nickel and silver, specific compositions of flux material and unique profiles of time and heat temperatures that combine to enable this process.  As is typical in standard electronics assembly using surface mount technology (SMT), the solder and flux mixture is first printed on the face of the circuit board. The components are then added and heat is applied to melt the solder mixture, securing and connecting the components to the board.  With the new LTS process, soldering heat is applied at maximum temperatures of 180 degrees Celsius, a reduction of 70 degrees from the previous method. Throughout testing and validation, Lenovo used existing materials to compose the solder paste and existing oven equipment for heating, thus Lenovo can implement the new system without increasing production costs.  

After validation of the procedure, Lenovo discovered a significant reduction in carbon emissions as a result of using the new process. The procedure is already in production for ThinkPad E series and the 5th generation X1 Carbon recently announced at CES. Throughout 2017, Lenovo intends to implement the new LTS process on 8 SMT lines and estimates savings of up to 35% on carbon emissions1. By the end of 2018, Lenovo aims to have 33 SMT lines with 2 ovens per line using this new process, giving an estimated annual saving of 5,956 metric tons of CO22. To put this into perspective, the equivalent reduction in CO2 emissions is equal to the consumption of 670,170 gallons of gasoline3 per year.

Through the new process, Lenovo also expects better reliability for its devices due to lower heat stress during the “oven bake” procedure. In the early stages of deployment, Lenovo has observed a 50% decrease in printed circuit board warpage and a reduction in defective parts per million during the manufacturing process.

“By implementing the new LTS process, Lenovo is continuing to show its commitment to upholding sustainable business practices across its PC business,” said Luis Hernandez, vice president, Lenovo PC and Smart Devices Integrated Development Center. “Our focus on innovation extends beyond R&D and product design, to the way our products are manufactured. We are dedicated to advancing our business goals while reducing our impact on the environment and we’re proud this process achieves that.”

Lenovo continues to prove itself as a leader in innovation, technology and sustainability. Its commitment to supporting a transition to a lower carbon economy is further demonstrated by the savings the new LTS process brings. Furthermore, in 2018 Lenovo intends to offer the new procedure for use on an industry-wide basis free of charge.