Developer of temperature profiling equipment for the electronics industry, Solderstar, will present its expanded range of products at the IPC Apex Expo 2023 event taking place from 24-26 January 2023 at the San Diego Convention Center in California. The zero set-up SLX thermal datalogger which has recently been updated with a new extension to measure vacuum level in a reflow oven will be on display at Booth 2010.
As electronic products continue to become smaller and more complex in construction, it is crucial to have soldering processes that can be adapted to achieve solder joints with fewer voids to increase reliability and improve product performance. A method gaining traction in the challenge to reduce voiding is vacuum reflow. To ensure the new SLX could enhance profile information at all stages of the soldering process, the manufacturer has added an interface with advanced measurement adapters to verify parameters within the vacuum stage.
“Since launching the SLX thermal profiler, we have seen significant interest from companies looking for reliable temperature data capture to achieve solder joints with fewer voids,” Mark Stansfield, CEO at Solderstar said. “What differentiates SLX from other dataloggers is its zero set-up feature. As a result, it can be used quickly and easily to measure and record process parameters from any soldering process.
“Reflow oven manufacturers are starting to include a vacuum chamber stage in the oven to help to reduce voids. To ensure SLX is a long-term investment and effectively captures all parameters, we recently enhanced the system with additional sensors. These measure the temperature profile in the reflow oven, and the pressure level when the SLX passes through the vacuum chamber stage.
“There is a fundamental reason why we updated the SLX with additional sensors. Vacuum reflow has proven to reduce void levels and improve long-term stability and reliability of the solder joint. However, the vacuum level and rate at which the vacuum is applied are critical parameters that could not be measured independently to the temperature profile. The added feature allows the temperature profile in the reflow oven and the pressure level in the vacuum chamber stage to be captured simultaneously.
“This is particularly important when manufacturing high-reliability electronics. For example, if vacuum levels are not measured carefully it can result in insufficient void removals, or unnecessarily extended hold times in the vacuum. This means throughput is negatively affected with increased cycle times, and in-the -field reliability problems increase leading to rework or component failure.
“IPC Apex brings together industry professionals looking for solutions to manufacture quality electronics. Therefore, it is an ideal platform to introduce visitors to the Solderstar SLX with its advanced smart adapters to allow profiling of soldering machines with zero setup and configuration and independent vacuum level measurement.”
The zero user setup allows for faster and more accurate noise-free measurements from up to 12 temperature channels while simultaneously measuring from other secondary process parameter sensors. Furthermore, it works seamlessly with the latest version of the Solderstar profile analysis software, which is available for all the SLX units.