Ask the Experts
September 18, 2006 - Updated
July 4, 2007 - Originally Posted

Hand soldering for Lead-Free

Is there a way to measure the power applied to a lead free solder joint while hand soldering?


Expert Panel Responses

The only hand soldering system that is available where you can measure power is the OK International line of Metcal soldering systems. This system uses a fixed temperature variable power soldering cartridge. In operation, you would connect a net power meter in line with the soldering iron. Once the tip stabilizes, any load placed on the tip will cause the system to deliver more power to the tip in order to maintain the tip temperature. This increase in power will be displayed on the meter.

Edward Zamborsky
Regional Sales Manager
OK International Inc.
Ed Zamborsky is a Regional Sales & Technical Support Manager for Thermaltronics, located in New York. His position requires frequent customer visits throughout North America and the Caribbean and his position encompasses not only sales but the role of trainer and master applications engineer for all of Thermaltronics products. His expertise includes such specialties as hand soldering, convection and conduction reflow techniques, array rework, fluid dispensing equipment, and fume extraction. Ed has authored many articles and has presented many papers on topics such as; Low Volume SMT Assembly, Solder Fume Extraction, SMT Rework, BGA Rework, Lead-Free Hand Soldering, High Thermal Demand Hand Soldering, Lead Free Visual Inspection and Lead Free Array Rework.
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