Datapaq Introduces Selective Soldering Fixture

Thursday, March 3, 2011 @ 05:03 PM gHale

Datapaq introduced the PA2200A Selective Soldering Fixture. This solution simplifies selective soldering process monitoring, which helps to optimize the manufacture of electronic assemblies used in a wide range of automotive and aerospace products.

Selective soldering sees use in applications where a small number of conventional components need soldering to a very high standard on an electronic assembly containing mostly surface-mounted components. In many cases, however, it is difficult to obtain a temperature profile from a product assembly as it passes through the selective soldering process. The assembly moves in the “X” and “Y” directions, so the data logger must co-locate with the assembly in a tight space.

Manufacturers can quickly and easily measure process stability during selective soldering. This includes monitoring pre-heat and solder pot performance with a single fixture. They can also compare the performance of a number of selective soldering machines and easily replicate temperature profiles in separate manufacturing locations worldwide.

Datapaq designed the compact PA2200A fixture based on its existing Datapaq Wave and Surveyor technologies. The unit is small enough to integrate into a carrier with a Datapaq Q18 logger and still pass through the process. Users can monitor reflow, wave, selective and even vapor phase soldering with the same Datapaq profiler, reducing training to a minimum and easing data sharing between departments.

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