Can anyone shed some light on why about 50% of my small SDM relays fail with the coil going open circuit in the first few days of normal operation? There is nothing unusual about the application, the drive circuit, and the load on the contacts is very light.
Reflow temperatures too high maybe?
I read warnings about not to use ultrasonic cleaning on relays specifically becuase of coil damage or contacts sticking, but no specific reasons why are given. What kind of coil damage? They don't come off the production line open circuit, as the failure happens often during first power up, minutes later, but can also be after a few days of operation.
Please limit responses to ACTUAL PRACTICE EXPERIENCE with this topic, as I already have lots of specualtive input from many sources already.