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.
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.
What exactly IS selective soldering? 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.
Need a selective soldering machine? There are a lot of different models on the market to choose from, and like any tool, there's one right machine for the right operation. Some companies merely need an entry-level "jack-of-all-trades" machine and others require a machine to expertly handle a specific component assembly operation.