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Latex Gloves – Are You Allergic?

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Metcal’s CV-5200 Connection Validation Soldering Station Changes Everything

You may or may not have heard about Metcal’s new soldering station, the CV-5200. The evolutionary tool removes much of the reliance on visual inspection of hand-soldered joints and adds a second, more technology-driven method for validating a successful Read more

Metcal’s CV-5200 Connection Validation Soldering Station Changes Everything

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You may or may not have heard about Metcal’s new soldering station, the CV-5200. The evolutionary tool removes much of the reliance on visual inspection of hand-soldered joints and adds a second, more technology-driven method for validating a successful solder joint connection.

How does the Metcal CV-5200 soldering station work?

When the ring turns green, you’ve made the connection. Metcal CV – 5200 Connection Validation Soldering Station

Using sophisticated hardware and software components, the integrated system assesses the quality of a solder joint by calculating the intermetallic compound formation (IMC)  while providing closed loop feedback to the operator. Once the IMC is calculated, an LED light encircling the handpiece turns green to indicate a quality solder joint.

With this development, the risks and variables associated with soldering activity and the validation of a successful or unsuccessful solder joint are removed from the operator’s hands. Instead, the quality of a solder join is determined through an objective method that adds repeatability and a measurable standard to the soldering process.

A few of the benefits associated with the Metcal CV-5200 Connection Validation Soldering Station

Reduces Risk and Improves Quality –  decreases solder joint flaws by validating the intermetallic compound (IMC) formation in a soldered joint

Adds Repeatability and Measurable Standards – increases process controls through the LED light ring embedded in the handpiece. The light turns green signals the operator when a successful solder joint has been made. Complements the visual industry inspection standard

Improves Audit Compliance – the Chip-in-Cartridge technology precisely calculates and displays the tip temperature

Have questions about the Metcal CV-5200 Connection Validation Soldering Station? Contact All-Spec for information.

New at All-Spec: Metcal MX-5200 Series

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We are proud to announce that we are now taking orders for Metcal MX-5200 series rework systems.  These ESD-safe dual simultaneous output systems will start shipping in early January 2013, but we now have information on some configurations that will be available. The MX-5200 series stations will be replacing the MX-5000 series, providing you with a familiar form with added functionality.

The largest change between the MX-5000 and MX-5200 series is their power output capabilities. Now the dual output system will dynamically share the 80 watt power supply for both attached hand pieces. This allows for dual simultaneous use, so you can switch between two different hand pieces with no downtime, or even have two operators soldering at the same time on the same system!

MX-5000 Series

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Also, the new MX-5200 series stations have a new red on-off switch that lights up when turned on. This not only lets you easily see if the station is on from a distance, but also helps to differentiate it from the MX-5000 series systems.

Check out our site for more information on the MX-5200 series stations, and be sure to place an order soon to ensure that you can get your station right at the beginning of 2013! Also, check out our cross reference chart to the left to find the proper upgrade for your current MX-5200 series station.

OKi MFR-1100 Series Rework Systems

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The MFR-1100 Series Rework Systems by OK International employs the same responsive SmartHeat® Technology used by the Metcal Soldering Systems, available with one of four different ergonomic hand-pieces. These high power stations are ideal for production soldering, touch-up soldering, as well as SMD rework and are all ESD-safe by design to protect sensitive components.

OKi MFR-1100 Series Rework System One of our most popular MFR units, the OKi MFR-1160 Rework System, utilizes the Metcal SSC series tips. Working with lead-free, multi-layer and thermally demanding applications is simplified with this single output system.

The OKi MFR-1160 System includes the following:

  • 1 – MFR-H6-SSC cartridge hand-piece
  • 1 – MFRPS1100 single output power supply
  • 1 – WS1 auto-sleep workstand

Have questions about which OKi MFR system to choose? Give us a call at (800) 537-0351 or email us at

7 Benefits of OK International’s SmartHeat® Technology

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Smart Heat Soldering Set SmartHeat® Technology by OK International/Metcal has allowed for more control during soldering without having to use higher tip idle temperatures as you otherwise would. So, how does it work? SmartHeat® Technology determines the exact thermal demands for individual solder joints and delivers the necessary amount of thermal energy at the rate needed to produce a reliable connection. In doing such, the risk of electronic component damage is decreased, which is especially important with higher thermal demands of lead-free practices.

What makes SmartHeat® Technology different?

1. Delivers Direct Power – The flux activation and intermetallic bond formation are the two most important phases of conduction soldering. As opposed to traditional ceramic heaters that typically adjust the tip idle temperature to deal with heightened lead-free requirements, SmartHeat® technology senses the specific thermal needs and delivers accordingly.

2. Stored Thermal Energy Transfer – Because stored energy is directly correlated with tip mass and tip idle temperature, other heater soldering systems approach higher demands by raising tip idle temperature. However, SmartHeat® systems are able to distribute thermal energy at lower temperatures and lower the risk of component damage.

3. Reduces Risk of Overshoot – Thermocouple sensors and ceramic heaters used in other technologies often produce temperature discrepancies, along with unstable solder connections. SmartHeat®, though, detects the energy requirements before temperature deviation becomes a problem.

4. Provides Temperature Stability – Other ceramic heater systems rely on the sensor, heater, and operator set point controls to provide temperature stability, but these can be inconsistent. The repeatability of SmartHeat® technology is automatically established by the molecular properties of the heater material, which provides stability over time.

5. Precision Tip Selection – Because the tip is the main tool used to provide thermal energy from the heater to the pad, tip selection is of utmost importance. OKI’s Power Meter can determine specific pad energy requirements, which allow you to narrow down your choices when choosing a tip.

6. Perfect for Lead-Free – Reliable lead-free soldering connections are based upon high thermal demands. Because SmartHeat® technology allows for more accurate control, you can produce more stable connections at low operating temperatures required by lead-free applications.

7. Increase Tip Life and Value – Since SmartHeat® allows you to solder at lower temperatures, and tip selection is easier with the Power Meter, you will enjoy longer and more valuable tip lives.

What is OKi’s SmartHeat Technology?

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OKi Metcal SmartHeat Technology

Many of OKi’s new soldering systems including the OKi PS-900 feature SmartHeat Technology. This technology is basically ESP for your soldering system. Any system that features the SmartHeat will sense the thermal requirement needed for each job and then deliver the correct thermal energy needed to create a reliable joint without using a super high temperature. This sensing reduces the risk of component damage.

Below are some of the benefits of OK International’s SmartHeat Technology.

  • Transfer of Stored Thermal Energy – Conventional soldering systems store the thermal energy in the tip and once the tip touches the pad, the energy rushes into the pad. But SmartHeat Technology allows the system to act differently depending on the pad’s thermal demands which once again gives the operator the thermal energy needed at the lowest temperature possible.
  • Reduced Risk of Undershoot and Overshoot – SmartHeat detects the energy requirement and then controls that energy to avoid an unreliable joint or damage to PCBs or components.
  • Temperature Stability Over Time – The molecular properties of the material used in the heater don’t shift over time and that’s why SmartHeat systems do not need recalibrated or recertified.
  • Rating System to Help with Tip Selection – Choosing the correct soldering tip is important, after all it’s how all the energy travels from the heater to the pad. That is why OKi developed the conductivity factor rating system to provide operators with the guidance they need. Also, OKi’s power meter can quantify the energy requirements needed for the pad.
  • Ideal for Lead-Free – The thermal energy needed for lead-free soldering is greater than the energy needed for leaded solders. Systems with SmartHeat offer the thermal energy needed for lead-free but at lower operating temperatures.
  • Longer Tip Life – High tip temperature combined with oxidation and flux corrosion can rapidly deteriorate the working life of a soldering tip. A soldering system with SmartHeat Technology operates at a lower temperature so soldering tips are less affected by chemical interactions and the high heat.