Wave soldering is a commercial soldering process where important parameters are controlled and high throughput rates can be achieved. Technical knowledge of the components, PCB and the parameters of the wave solder machine itself is important to achieving a successful soldering process. The units major sections, fluxer, conveyor, pre-heat and solder wave must all work flawlessly together for achieving a reliable zero defect soldering operation.
Scheduled maintenance on the machine is critical to ensuring production quotas are met. All rails, wave solder fingers, and pallets should be cleaned on a regular schedule.
Fingers and Pallets – Flux build-up on fingers and pallets can lead to solder defects such as skips, bridging and contamination on the boards with flux constituents. These defects can potentially lead to cross contamination, corrosion and de-wetting of conformal coating.
Conveyor Chains – Conveyor chains also need scheduled cleaning. Chains should be cleaned, rinsed, oiled and prebaked on a schedule specified by the equipment manufacturer. A poorly maintained wave solder machine will lead to increased personnel demand by forcing manual quality corrections to the solder joints, components and PCB.
Cleaning solutions in the CYBERSOLV and KYZEN E family can ensure that all surfaces are easily and effectively cleaned. These high power cleaners will reduce the equipment down time and ensure they are quickly and efficiently returned back in service to meet your production goals.