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.
We often get detailed questions from Process Engineers about how SmartHeat really works, and whether fixed (or stable) head soldering stations or variable heat is what they need. Our expert, MetcalMan Ed Zamborsky himself has written this article about Metcal's SmartHeat first, to talk about how stable temperature soldering really works!
One of the questions we're frequently asked is "why don't Metcal soldering irons require calibration." In fact, there are a number of soldering stations that no longer require calibration, partly because the IPC standards have changed.
Traditionally, a conventional soldering station uses a temperature measuring sensor that feeds back the heating element temperature (not the tip temperature.) In many systems, the temperature that is displayed is somewhere between the tip (working surface) and the heater, and then is fed back to the temperature control PCB. These temperature sensors can and do vary over time. This variance can cause the displayed temperature to be different from the measured tip temperature.
Recently, SMT Magazine caught up with Metcal Product Support Engineer, Robert Roush to discuss Metcal’s new patented Connection Validation Hand Soldering System. The discussion gets into how originally with the introduction of SmartHeat, Metcal allowed customers to achieve a new level of process control in their hand soldering operation and how with Connection Validation, Metcal is taking process control into greater heights.
Metcal’s CV-5200 Connection Validation™ Soldering Station provides real-time closed loop feedback on intermetallic compound formation— the world’s first. Plus, a new communication port enables process traceability and firmware upgrades.