The application of IR thermography to process monitoring and control of reflow soldering

Paul Conway (Department of Manufacturing Engineering, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK)
David Whalley (Department of Manufacturing Engineering, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK)
Michelle Wilkinson (Department of Manufacturing Engineering, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK)
S.M. Hyslop (Department of Manufacturing Engineering, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK)

Soldering & Surface Mount Technology

ISSN: 0954-0911

Publication date: 1 April 1998

Abstract

This paper describes a technique for the monitoring and control of the reflow soldering process. The technique combines state‐of‐the‐art infra‐red (IR) sensor technology, coupled with application‐specific process monitoring and control software, providing a unique capability both to monitor product temperatures during processing and to modify the process settings. The development of techniques to allow variation of the heat transfer from the oven to the in‐process printed circuit assemblies (PCAs) provides the means to adjust the soldering oven’s process settings for each individual PCA. This automatic profiling ensures consistent thermal histories and optimises oven energy consumption. Archiving of the reflow profiles along with temperatures recorded for each PCA provides full traceability to the reflow process settings for each individual PCA. The incorporation of IR sensing technology also provides a means to monitor the performance of the process.

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Conway, P., Whalley, D., Wilkinson, M. and Hyslop, S. (1998), "The application of IR thermography to process monitoring and control of reflow soldering", Soldering & Surface Mount Technology, Vol. 10 No. 1, pp. 13-18. https://doi.org/10.1108/09540919810203766

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MCB UP Ltd

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