Ersa announces its smart soldering station, through which soldering processes in electronics manufacturing can be improved and seamlessly documented.
With the Ersa i-CON TRACE, traceability can also be ensured for manual soldering processes for the first time. The smart IoT soldering station records process information seamlessly and offers visual reports. It is possible to identify the causes of quality deviations at an early stage, isolate them and trace problems. The data collected can help to identify quality defects on manually created solder joints in returned assemblies.
The i-CON TRACE soldering station – equipped with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and (optionally) a network card – performs efficiently with a heating power of 150 watts. It has a characteristic operating concept and can be controlled using mobile end devices such as a notebook, tablet, or smartphone. In addition, the technology’s operator can centrally specify the parameters relevant for a soldering task. The Ersa TRACE Cockpit operating software also makes it possible to assign a soldering task to a specific specialist. Actual temperature and other parameters are displayed and can be adjusted based on the job requirements.
To enable the operator entrusted with a manual soldering task to carry out the work assigned to them, the component, soldering tip, solder wire and flux are detected with a handheld scanner.
As Jörg Nolte, Product Manager for Soldering Tools, Rework, and Inspection Systems at Ersa GmbH explains: “The soldering station is only ready to use when all factors correspond to the task. This eliminates potential errors, increases process reliability, and ensures complete traceability of the process data. The operator can thus concentrate fully on the soldering task.”
The i-CON TRACE soldering station can be used both as a standalone soldering station with pre-set parameters and one that is integrated into MES (manufacturing execution system)-controlled production processes. If the TRACE App is used in conjunction with the TRACE Cockpit, the soldering station can also be controlled using mobile devices such as those mentioned above.
In addition, the newly designed and thermally optimised soldering tip range increases the efficiency of energy transfer by up to 30%. Finally, the ‘Tip’n’Turn’ quick-change system, specially developed and patented by Ersa, allows the uncomplicated, quick, and safe change of the soldering tips offered in different shapes and sizes.
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