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Alternative Technologies for Making Holes Conductive: Cleaner Technologies for Printed Wiring Board Manufacturers

The following document explores alternative technologies for making holes conductive as part of the DfE Printed Wiring Board Project and answers the following questions:

  1. Why should I switch to an alternative technology for making holes conductive (MHC)?
  2. Which MHC technologies were evaluated in the DfE Project?
  3. How may MHC technologies affect worker health and the environment?
  4. What kind of performance can I expect from direct metallization technologies?
  5. Will direct metallization reduce my costs?
  6. Does direct metallization use less water and energy?
  7. How does direct metallization compare to electroless copper overall?
  8. How can I make direct metallization work for my facility?
  9. What steps do I take to switch to direct metallization?
  10. Where can I find more information about pollution prevention in the PWB industry?
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