Why Robotic Soldering?

By Ed Zamborsky on Sep 10, 2019 10:00:00 AM

Why has robotic soldering become a more popular option in a wide range of applications? For the same reasons that manufacturing facilities always embrace automated processes – improved consistency, reliability, speed, and optimal results achieved through a cost-effective solution.

These were among the topics discussed at a recent webinar, which highlighted the transition to a robotic soldering alternative and introduced a technology to help make the move seamless. The webinar was presented by Metcal soldering experts Ed Zamborsky and Isaac Cisneros.

Solid Connections make all the Difference
From airplanes to medical devices, a quality solder joint is critical to reliable product performance. Manual soldering requires skilled human operators that have been well-trained. However, upskilling operators to a specialist level consistent with IPC requirements requires a major investment of time and money.

It’s precisely for this reason that more of today’s electronic manufacturers are turning to robotic soldering. Leveraging a mechanical solution can improve accuracy, repeatability and quality, while reducing the cost and concern associated with human error and operator injury.

A Smarter Way to Solder
Metcal’s SmartHeat® system employs application-specific cartridges that maintain a consistent temperature while applying direct power to the solder joint. Delivering precise thermal energy results in the fast formation of consistent solder joints, ensuring an optimal intermetallic solder connection without damaging the printed circuit board (PCB).

Performance repeatability is confirmed through Metcal’s connection validation system, which verifies the condition of every solder joint. Together, connection validation and robotic soldering offer an automated, accurate approach to good solder joint formations.

There are numerous applications that can benefit from robotic soldering, including:

• Conductive soldering of plated through-hole (PTH) components
• High-volume PCB interconnecting cables
• Complex multi-pin components on difficult-to-solder applications
• Final PTH soldering on high-reliability assemblies for medical, military, aerospace, avionics and automotive applications

With the versatile, easy-to-use Metcal Solder Robot, application precision and repeatability can also be achieved with minimal operator involvement. Programming is simple and managed through touch screen icons, a process familiar to anyone with a smart phone or iPad. In most cases, the total time to program a solder joint is 5-10 seconds. And, once a pattern is programmed, it can be stored and repeated for future use.

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On-Demand Webinar: Reduce Risk and Increase Productivity with Robotic Soldering

By Metcal Marketing on Jul 30, 2019 2:00:00 PM

Hand Soldering is a much more involved process than we think. And because hand-soldered components are used in planes, cars, and medical devices, is there enough emphasis on the quality of a solder joint? Robotic soldering is a way to improve the consistency and accuracy of these processes.

Last month, Metcal's Regional Sales Manager, Ed Zamborsky and Product Engineer, Isaac Cisneros,  hosted the Reduce Risk and Increase Productivity with Robotic Soldering webinar in partnership with Engineering360 powered by GlobalSpec.  

Key Takeaways

  • Review the key techniques of how to make a soldered connection
  • Discover the limitations of robotic soldering
  • Examine the process for creating a robotic soldering profile
  • Understand how to implement robotic soldering in your facility

You can view it on-demand today to learn more about robotic soldering.

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Robotic Soldering

Metcal has introduced a user-friendly, benchtop soldering robot that is intuitive to use and program. Much like using an iPad, the user interacts with a touchscreen interface to provide details such as dwell times, delays, lengths of solder feeds, and angles of attack to provide the best quality joint, repeatedly.

Utilizing another of Metcal's intuitive features, the user program's the robot in 'Connection Validation (CV) Mode,' a method that eliminates user-determined dwell times and calculates the intermetallic bond formation based on calculations and algorithms provided within the software. This feature communicates with the robot when each individual joint has received enough power for reflow and moves along the process accordingly.

Contact us today to discuss your application, and see if Robotic Soldering is right for you.

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IPC-CFX Process Control and Traceability: Real Time Risk Mitigation in Hand Soldering Applications

By Hoa Nguyen, CTO, OK International, and Ed Zamborsky, Regional Sales Manager, Metcal on May 28, 2019 6:00:00 AM

This article was originally published in the May, 2019 issue of U.S. Tech and can also be found online at US-Tech.com

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Metcal Introduces the New CV-500 Connection Validation™ Soldering System

By Metcal Marketing on Dec 11, 2018 12:04:22 PM

CYPRESS, Calif., Dec. 10, 2018 – Metcal, part of OK International and Dover (NYSE: DOV), is pleased to introduce the new CV-500 Connection Validation™ Soldering System, the companion station to the CV-5210 CV Soldering System. The CV-500 packs all of the Connection Validation (“CV”) technology into a compact, economical housing.

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Metcal Receives Best of Industry Award for Hand Soldering

By Metcal Marketing on Nov 6, 2018 5:00:00 AM

CYPRESS, CA ― November 2018 ― Metcal is pleased to announce that it was awarded a 2018 Best of Industry Award from EM Media. The awards bring together industry leaders to celebrate excellence and leadership. Metcal received the Best Hand Soldering Award.

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Metcal's Hoa Nguyen to Speak at i4.0 Connect Forum

By Metcal Marketing on Nov 2, 2018 9:51:47 AM

Hoa Nguyen, Metcal’s Chief Technology Officer will be speaking at the i4.0 Connect Forum, November 6th, in Silicon Valley. Mr. Nguyen will be speaking about IPC CFX Process Control and Traceability for Metcal's Real Time Risk Mitigation in Hand Soldering Application.

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Check out the latest Metcal Soldering and Rework Technology at SMTAI

By Metcal Marketing on Sep 20, 2018 11:20:04 AM

CYPRESS, CA ― September 2018 ― Metcal announced plans to exhibit at SMTA International, scheduled to take place Oct. 16-17, 2018 at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. The company will demonstrate its Connection Validation (CV) Soldering System with new hand-pieces, MX-5270 system with solder wire feeder, Digital Hot Air Pencil, Solder Tip Cleaner and VFX-1000H Volume Fume Extraction System in Booth #330.

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5 Ways Process Engineers Build A More Productive Team

By Metcal Marketing on Aug 21, 2018 12:00:55 PM

One of the roles that a process engineer fulfills is that of a team leader. The team looks to the process engineer as the provider for both focus and direction. While that may sound daunting at first, it can actually be accomplished with a little planning and effort on the part of the process engineer. Let's look at some tips for creating a positive and productive team environment.
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9 Tips to Extend the Life of Your Soldering Iron

By Metcal Marketing on Jul 26, 2018 9:00:00 AM

A soldering iron is an invaluable tool when it comes to hand soldering tasks. But even the best soldering station will eventually fail if it is not used correctly. We have provided helpful advice for your soldering iron tips before, but here are nine tips that will help keep your soldering iron itself working for years to come.

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5 Tips for Solder Tip Selection

By Metcal Marketing on Jun 21, 2018 1:38:18 PM

There are many different soldering tip designs to choose from when selecting or updating an iron. The different shapes have their own advantages, and some are most effective when used for a given application. Let's look at the most common types of solder tip designs and some solder tip basics. 

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