15 Nov 2017

Soldering station features 'Connection Validation' technology

Now available from Farnell element14, the Metcal CV-5200 Soldering Station is the first to incorporate Metcal’s patented Connection Validation technology to provide real-time closed-loop feedback on intermetallic compound formation: a key indicator of soldered joint quality.

The CV-5200 also incorporates a new communication port that enables the addition of process traceability software and firmware upgrades, making investment in the unit future-proof. Further cost and time saving is ensured by the fact that the system requires no calibration once installed.

CV-5200 Connection Validation, based on Metcal’s SmartHeat power-on-demand technology, evaluates the quality of the solder joint by calculating the intermetallic compound formation and providing closed-loop feedback to the operator via an LED light ring integrated in the handpiece. When used with the CV Monitoring Software, it helps users to improve their solder process traceability as well as creating a performance baseline to quickly analyse their soldering performance, identify changes in their solder conditions, and allow them to make changes to their process.

“Connection Validation takes the risk associated with the variables involved in the soldering activity and removes the success and failure determination of a good solder joint out of the hands of the operator”, says James McGregor, Head of Test and Tools for Premier Farnell and Farnell element14:“It complements the skill of the operator to judge the quality of a solder joint by introducing an objective method of evaluating solder joint quality”, he adds: “As a result, this systemic and objective approach provides repeatability and a measurable standard to the soldering process.”

The CV-5200 Soldering Station incorporates chip-in-cartridge technology which precisely calculates and displays the tip temperature. The High Thermal Demand (HTD) concept used in the CV-5200, based on a new handpiece and a selection of thermally efficient cartridges, makes the soldering station ideally suited to applications with high thermal loads such as dense boards without the risk of damaging sensitive components.

The new unit features a 2.8-inch colour touchscreen with bold graphics, an integrated net power meter and power graph, and an optional precise temperature display.

The Metcal CV-5200 Soldering Station is available to buy from Farnell element14 in Europe, Newark element14 in North America and element14 in Asia Pacific.

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