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 Wins Global Technology Award for Connection Validation

By Metcal Marketing on Nov 14, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Metcal was presented with a 5th international award for the groundbreaking Connection Validation technology at productronica 2017, in Munich, Germany. We were awarded a 2017 Global Technology Award in the category of Hand Soldering for our CV-5200 Soldering and Rework Systems with Connection Validation technology. The award was presented at a Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017 ceremony by Global SMT magazine.


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productronica 2017 Lineup Announced!

By Metcal Marketing on Oct 19, 2017 10:24:43 AM

We're excited to be exhibiting at productronica 2017! We'll be at Hall A2, Stand 135, Nov. 14 – 17, 2017 at the Messe München in Germany.  We'll be showing the brand new Connection Validation (CV) Selective Soldering System at the show for the first time, along with a range of our new soldering tools. See below for the whole lineup!

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How Connection Validation Works

By Robert Roush on Oct 10, 2017 10:51:05 AM

Metcal's exciting and innovative Connection Validation product has been a big hit, winning four awards to date. We've received questions from around the world, looking for a little more detail about how the process works. The infographic below helps explain.

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We’re Exhibiting at SMTA International 2017!

By Metcal Marketing on Sep 1, 2017 9:00:00 AM

Read our press release about plans to exhibit at SMTA International, scheduled to take place Sept. 19-20, 2017 at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. We'll be at booth #208.  Come see us!

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Connection Validation Monitor Software Now Available

By Metcal Marketing on Jun 29, 2017 2:43:32 PM

The hugely popular Metcal CV-5210 is now available through select Distributors. We've heard from many industry leaders about the importance of traceability.  Contract Manufacturer customers are raving about Connection Validation's use in promoting themselves and their quality control programs. 

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Connection Validation Wins SMT China Vision Award

By Metcal Marketing on Jun 1, 2017 5:05:00 PM

We are very excited to have received a 2017 SMT China Vision Award in the category of Hand Soldering for the CV-5200 Connection Validation™ Soldering Station. The award was presented to the company on April 25, 2017 at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition & Convention Center during NEPCON China. This is the second award that the company has received for Connection Validation since its introduction in early 2017.

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Trifecta! CV Wins EM Asia Innovation Award for Hand Soldering Tools

By Metcal Marketing on Apr 26, 2017 11:18:51 AM

Today Metcal was awarded the third award for the CV-5200 Connection Validation™ Soldering Station.

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