Ask the Experts
September 18, 2006

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.
Mr. Zamborsky serves as one of OK's technology advisers to the Product Development group. Ed has authored articles and papers on topics such as; Low Volume SMT Assembly, Solder Fume Extraction, SMT Rework, BGA Rework, Lead Free Hand Soldering, Lead Free Visual Inspection and Lead Free Array Rework.
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