The wave soldering process Materials Fluxing Preheat The solder wave Aspects of practical machines Maintaining performance
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In this topic we aim to help you understand:the principles of operation of a wave soldering machineaspects of the materials used that affect the processhow machine parameters affect the final jointhow problems may be both solved and (preferably!) prevented. This part is divided into three main sections: after a preliminary reminder aboutthe process sequence and the materials used, the second section describes thethree main stages of the wave solder process. The final section gives someinformation about practical implementation, machine parameters and set-up,but is deliberately less detailed than a process engineer would need – wavesoldering is a complex process, and there are many options and trade-offs. Although we do not explicitly refer to other processes that use liquid solder,such as lead tinning, wire stripping and Hot Air Solder Levelling for PCBs,much of the information on materials, equipment and control contained here will also be found relevant in those contexts.
The wave soldering process
Development of wave soldering
The advent of the printed wiring board made it much easier, quicker andcheaper to assemble electronic equipment. The time saving benefit whenmaking multiple solder joints was found first with hand soldering. However,bringing all the joints into a single plane, with the board as a barrier between