RPS Automation is one of the leading manufacturers and providers of selective soldering equipment in the world, having equipped various operations with selective soldering machines, as well as lead tinning, component testing and steam-aging machines for more than 25 years. Our selective soldering machines have been installed and used by more than 550 companies across a diverse array of industries, including aerospace, communications, military, medical device manufacturers, OEM applications and automotive component manufacturers across the world. RPS combines the latest in selective soldering technology and robotics to create the ultimate in selective soldering machines for sale, which are fully able to be custom-designed to your company's specifications.
Our selective soldering machines and other equipment are proudly made in the USA, and come backed with support from the manufacturer as we deal directly with the companies that are in need of a programmable soldering machine. We can also assist in installation, training and maintenance once your selective soldering system is in place. If your operation depends on your ability to manufacture components, go with the soldering equipment maker you can depend on.
Selective soldering uses traveling flux and miniwave technology to apply a precise amount of flux and solder to select through hole components terminations on a printed circuit board (PCB). RPS uses several types of XYZ axis configurations to articulate the soldering miniwave beneath the circuit board.
Lead tinning describes the tinning or solder coating of SMT, throughhole and odd form electronic components. A broad list of lead tinning applications can include solder coating, lead attach, solderability testing, and resistance to dissolution of metallization testing.
Solderability testing pertains to the process of evaluating the solderability of leads, terminations and wires on an electronic component. The solderability of a lead, termination or surface is defined by its solder wetting characteristics.
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Hentec/RPS Joins SMT Capital for Representation in Ohio, Indiana, and W. Pennsylvania
A New Partnership Improves Hentec/RPS Sales and Support Network in the Ohio Valley
NEWMAN LAKE, WA - In an effort to improve visibility, RPS has partnered with SMT Capital (SMT), a manufacturer’s representative organization that provides best-in-class equipment, consumables, and services to the electronics manufacturing industry. Operating out of the north central United States, SMT will provide RPS with representation in Ohio, Indiana, and Western Pennsylvania.
SMT is a privately held company with representatives strategically placed throughout the company’s service area. With over 50 years of combined industry experience, the staff of SMT prides themselves on not just providing their customers with equipment or supplies, but solutions that help the businesses run more efficiently.
Bill Timms, of SMT Capital., says, “We are pleased to be joining the RPS team. With the addition of RPS to our line card, we’re in a better position to provide solutions to our customers. The RPS Selective Soldering and Lead Tinning equipment will allow us to respond to our customers’ specialized needs.”
About Hentec Industries, Inc.
Hentec Industries Inc. (formerly RPS Automation) is a manufacturer of automated selective soldering, lead tinning and component test equipment for electronics and component manufacturing, assembly and distribution. Hentec is celebrating over 25 years of automated soldering experience at more than 1100 global installations. All products are designed and manufactured by in the USA.
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Selective soldering is the process in which through hole components on a printed circuit board are processed by applying solder to individual sets of leads. This process typically follows reflow of SMT components and therefore requires a great deal of precision and repeatability to avoid contact and damage to existing SMT components. The selective solder process, by design, eliminates the need for “selective” pallets to protect SMT components as would be used in a wave solder process.
There is nothing static about soldering, as it evolves and changes along with the products it's used to create and the last few decades of <strong>selective soldering trends</strong> reflects that. In fact, the past 50 years have been nothing short of revolutionary for soldering as a skill, as automation and various soldering technologies have completely redefined what soldering can accomplish and what kind of soldering can be done.
How does it work, and what's the benefit of employing selective soldering machines?
These are all fantastic questions to have, especially if you're considering switching to a new soldering method.
Selective soldering, simply put, is a method of soldering components to a printed circuit board in a much faster period of time than doing so by hand. It's one of the most widespread and effective soldering methods, as it has become one of the dominant forms of soldering in manufacturing applications.
Put simply, selective soldering is an automated soldering process by which components are soldered to a PCB all at once or in very quick succession via means of automation. In the most generic terms possible, a PCB enters a selective soldering machine with components loosely attached to it. Solder is then applied via whatever means of selective soldering the machine in question uses.
Aperture Tooling Over Wave Soldering - this is where the board is dragged through a wave of solder, created by agitating a pool of molten solder. Areas of the board that aren't to be soldered are masked for protection.
Selective Dip Solder Fountain - this process involves solder fountains, placed at the exact points where the board is to be soldered. The board is dipped into the fountains, soldering components at the correct points and leaving other areas untouched.
Miniature Wave Select Solder Fountains - this process creates a solder wave as well, though the board is manipulated to be soldered in the correct locations. This method does not require the aperture tooling and masking that aperture over wave soldering does.
Laser Selective Soldering - this process uses a laser to solder precise points. Often controlled via CAD program, this method is the utmost in precision.
After the solder is applied, the finished board leaves the soldering machine to cool and onward in its journey through the manufacturing process.
In short, selective soldering is an automated soldering process by which soldering a PCB is done by automation rather than by hand.
A selective soldering system is preferable in some applications over other soldering methods. Specifically, it's an alternative to hand soldering and reflow ovens.
Hand soldering certainly has it's place in certain applications, such as hand-assembled electronics such as instrument amplifiers and other applications where the craftsman's touch is required. The precision and delicacy that human hands are capable of certainly is not to be ignored. However, hand soldering ceases to be a boon and becomes a liability where production volume is required.
Reflow ovens are certainly capable of high-volume production. However, this process has some key weaknesses that selective soldering does not possess. Specifically, circuit boards are more susceptible to heat damage in reflow ovens as the temperatures required to melt solid solder and bake the board together can damage heat-sensitive circuit boards. Additionally, reflow ovens are better suited to less precise work.
The benefits of selective soldering are realized best by the manufacturer with a product better-suited for selective soldering as opposed to reflow oven or hand soldering.
For instance, does your company make a boutique product, using older or otherwise non-standard components due their unique properties? Then selective soldering probably isn't your best bet.
Are your products largely made with a high volume of small boards that don't require precise soldering? Selective soldering could work for you, but it's using a very precise tool for imprecise work.
Does your product require precise soldering, but also has to be produced quickly due to a large overall volume of demand? Are your boards larger or otherwise sensitive to heat? Then selective soldering is definitely for you.
For the operation that requires it, selective soldering machines assemble boards and components quickly, precisely and without damaging delicate boards that would otherwise be destroyed by reflow or would take too long to solder by hand. These are precisely the kind of companies that employ selective soldering and use them to deliver the products their customers need.
If this sounds like the kind of soldering your business requires, contact us today!