Metcal announces that it will showcase a range of its leading technologies at the MD&M West 2018 exhibition, scheduled to take place February 6-8 at the Anaheim Convention Center in CA. The company will show the CV-5210 Connection Validation (CV) Soldering System with new software and handpieces, the HCT2-200 Digital Hot Air Pencil, the new high thermal demand (HTD) hand-piece and the AC-STC Solder Tip Cleaner.
CV Soldering System
The CV Soldering System evaluates the quality of the solder joint by calculating the intermetallic compound formation and providing closed-loop feedback to the operator, mitigating risk in the process. Additionally, Metcal recently released the CV Monitoring Software to improve solder process traceability and create a performance baseline to quickly analyze soldering performance, identify solder condition changes, and allow changes to be made to the process.
Hot Air Pencil
The HCT2-200 Digital Hot Air Pencil was developed for very small surface mount component and package sizes (1206s and smaller) and low board densities. As component miniaturization continues (e.g. 01005 components), the ergonomics of a pencil become more important to allow a user freedom to access and rework components on the board without aﬀecting adjacent parts.
The new High Thermal Demand (HTD) solution, comprised of a new handpiece and a selection of thermal efficient cartridges, is designed for use with Metcal’s MX line of power supplies. HTD transforms a Metcal MX-series soldering station into a powerhouse for applications with high thermal loads such as dense boards, without damaging sensitive components.
Solder Tip Cleaner
The AC-STC Solder Tip Cleaner features a replaceable brush system that pulls excess solder away from the tip into a removable collection tray for disposal while removing oxidation from the tip. Solder tips represent a significant portion of the cost of ownership for a solder station, and Metcal’s new Solder Tip Cleaner removes oxidation and extends the life of the solder tip. By placing the tip into the opening, the AC-STC Solder Tip Cleaner senses the tip and automatically activates, saving the operator time.