Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Thermal Profiler for Wave Soldering Process

Among the different process involved in the wave soldering process thermal profiling is one of the most important processes which can affect the wave soldering process to a great extent. Thermal profiling is one of the most important processes which should be performed very carefully so as to make the production of the printed circuit board good in quality. Thermal profiling is done during the travel of the printed circuit board through the whole process. 

Thermal profiling is the process of measuring the time against the temperature during the whole travel of the product through out the process from the beginning to the end. The collection of the data like the peak temperature, time above the liquids, immersing of the product into the wave and more also comes under the process of thermal profiling during the wave soldering process. These whole processes comprises of the thermal profiling process for the wave soldering. The data collected during the thermal profiling process helps in making the process of wave soldering even more efficient and to bring a valuable improvement in the quality and the consistency in the quality of the product. So we can say that the process of thermal profiling is an important part of the process of wave soldering and it contributes in a successful completion of the wave solder process.

The devices used for the thermal profiling is known as the “Thermal Profiler” or some people even call them as “Data Loggers” for the proves of the wave soldering. Actually the thermal profilers are basically the temperature recorders which are used for keeping the record of the temperatures during the whole process and they have the capability for traveling through the complete process of wave soldering along with the product so as to get the actual reading for the temperature that the product observes.

There are various thermal profilers or can say temperature recorders available in the market but there are some specific companies which manufactures the thermal profilers especially for the wave soldering process. These thermal profilers are used in the reflow profiling process of the wave soldering. These profilers also help in optimizing the wave soldering process. They provide pretty accurate data for the whole process which makes the optimization for the process even more affective.

General thermal profilers are equipped with the thermocouple based sensor which is attached to the surface of the PCB and then the PCB is made to travel through the thermal profiler which helps in monitoring the complete data for the wave solder process. The most common thermal profiler is the one which downloads the information while it is passing through the whole process.

Now these thermal profilers have become a must for the people involved in the business of the PCB manufacturing. It helps in optimizing the process of the wave soldering to make it even more efficient.