USING THE INTERNET WITH REAL-TIME REFLOW DATA COLLECTION
Author: Mike McMonagle Company: K*Tec Electronics Date Published: 9/12/1999
Abstract: In today’s competitive SMT manufacturing environment, the ability to monitor the reflow process in real-time has become critical. Failure to obtain accurate process data can have a disastrous effect on yields--an unmonitored, out of control reflow process can cause defects on every board that passes through the oven. These failures may manifest themselves immediately, requiring expensive rework; or may only reveal themselves in the field, causing end-user and customer dissatisfaction. At our contract SMT assembly facility, we have virtually eliminated these risks, as well as rework due to reflow defects, by implementing a program which captures data from the reflow ovens of our production lines via a real-time thermal management system. As a further productivity improvement, the data gathered by this system is available for remote monitoring of the process via our company intranet.