Metcal

Manufacturer of high-performance precision rework systems for the electronics bench. Product lines include: Hand Soldering and Desoldering, Convection Rework products, Fume Extraction and Fluid Dispensing tools.

Manufacturer of Assembly Equipment, Adhesives/Dispensing, Repair/Rework, Soldering

Metcal is part of the OK International family and provides expert product support and responsive customer service, with localization to meet regional market needs.

OK International has been a leading manufacturer of tools for the electronics assembly work bench for almost 60 years. Their family of complimentary products includes soldering, rework, fume extraction and fluid dispensing systems that are reliable, professional grade and price competitive. Their Metcal® brand of high-performance soldering stations have set industry standards for years.

The Metcal Hand Soldering Systems provide users with a wide range of choices to address conduction hand soldering, desoldering and rework processes. At the core of each soldering iron is SmartHeat® Technology. This means that soldering, desoldering and rework are always performed at safe and controlled temperatures.

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MX-500 Soldering, Desoldering & Rework - Dual Switchable

Metcal’s MX-500 Soldering and Rework System has been reimagined, adding features and a new look to a bench top icon. The system utilizes SmartHeat® Technology, wherein each cartridge is equipped with a self-r...

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MX-500 Soldering, Desoldering & Rework - Dual Switchable

MX-500UF Ultra Fine Soldering / Rework System

New MX-500UF Soldering and Rework System with UltraFine Soldering Hand-piece for soldering and touch-up of very small components, restricted access or high density component packaging on a PCB. The system utilizes SmartHeat®...

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MX-500UF Ultra Fine Soldering / Rework System

MX-5210 Dual Port Simultaneous Soldering and Rework System

New Dual Port Simultaneous Soldering and Rework System highly effective for soldering applications including: lead-free, high mass components or boards, thermally sensitive components requiring low operating temperature, high volume production sol...

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MX-5210 Dual Port Simultaneous Soldering and Rework System

MRS-1100A Advanced Modular Rework System

The MRS-1100A Modular Rework System is an integrated convection rework system for the removal and reflow of BGA/CSP and SMT components. The MRS-1100A is comprised of a hand held convection tool, preheater, adjustable tool holder, and free-standing...

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MRS-1100A Advanced Modular Rework System

HCT2-120 Digital Hot Air Pencil

The new HCT2-120 Hot Air Pencil is the latest addition to Metcal’s offering of convection rework tools. This digital handheld convection tool is ideally suited for light rework applications, which use smaller components and integrated circui...

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HCT2-120 Digital Hot Air Pencil

HCT-1000 Programmable Hand Held Convection Tool

The HCT-1000 System is a fully programmable hand held convection rework tool that can both remove and place SMT components. It features digital controls, in-ternal or external thermocouple feedback control, program storage of up to 50 profiles and...

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HCT-1000 Programmable Hand Held Convection Tool

PCT-102-21 Focus Pre-heater, 230V with arm rest, free-standing board holder.

The PCT-100 Focus Pre-heater targets heat for improved speed and efficiency for high thermal demand applications, including lead-free. Used for SMT and through-hole hand processes, the PCT-100 uses convection air heating to heat a PCB first, for b...

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PCT-102-21 Focus Pre-heater, 230V with arm rest, free-standing board holder.

PCT-1000 Programmable Preheater

The PCT-1000 is a programmable preheater that provides users the ability to increase heat capacity with highly controlled thermal output. The PCT-1000 can be used in a variety of processes including soldering, desoldering, SMD rework operations an...

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PCT-1000 Programmable Preheater

MFR-1351 Solder /Desolder System with Internal Pump

The MFR-1350 features a soldering hand-piece and a desoldering gun. The power supply has an internal pump providing 0.7 bar of vacuum suction force combined with Smartheat® technology that makes soldering, rework and through-hole desoldering e...

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MFR-1351 Solder /Desolder System with Internal Pump

PS-900-SOLAR Solar Soldering System - Tip Hand-piece

The need to reduce PV manufacturing costs combined with the present shortage of polysilicon feedstock are driving a steady reduction in wafer and cell thicknesses. The PS-900-Solar Soldering System is the perfect solution Soldering of wires (tabs...

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PS-900-SOLAR Solar Soldering System - Tip Hand-piece

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Risk Mitigation in Hand Soldering

Jan 02, 2019 | Robert Roush

Failed solder joints remain a constant source of printed circuit board failure. Soldering is the bonding of metallic surfaces via an intermetallic compound (IMC). The interaction between thermal energy delivery, flux chemistry, and solder chemistry creates the solder bond or joint. Today, reliability relies on visual inspection; operator experience and skill, control of influencers e.g. tip geometry, tip temperature, and collection and analysis of process data. Each factor involved with the formation of the solder joint is an element of risk and can affect either throughput or repeatability. Mitigating this risk in hand soldering requires the identification of these factors and a means to address them....

Hand Soldering with Lead Free Alloys

Feb 22, 2018 | Metcal

As companies start to implement lead free soldering processes, hand soldering and associated techniques have been identified as key functions in the manufacturing process requiring additional research and development. Hand soldering tends to occur at the end of the process line where the circuit board has a high intrinsic value and so correct process control will have a significant affect on manufacturing costs and productivity.

This paper discusses the fundamental aspects of the hand soldering process and discusses process adaptation requirements for successful lead free implementation....

Rework Challenges for Smart Phones and Tablets

Apr 23, 2015 | Paul Wood Advanced Product Applications Manager APR/ BGA Products OK International / Metcal.

Smart phones are complex, costly devices and therefore need to be reworked correctly the first time. In order to meet the ever-growing demand for performance, the complexity of mobile devices has increased immensely, with more than a 70% greater number of packages now found inside of them than just a few years ago. For instance, 1080P HD camera and video capabilities are now available on most high end smart phones or tablet computers, making their production more elaborate and expensive.

The printed circuit boards for these devices are no longer considered disposable goods, and their bill of materials start from $150.00, with higher end smart phones going up to $238.00, and tablets well over $300.00....

Profiling for Successful BGA/CSP Rework

Aug 14, 2013 | Metcal

This paper discusses how to successfully profile a printed circuit board when reworking Ball Grid Array and Chip Scale Packages....

Effective Qualification of Soldering Iron Performance Criteria

Nov 27, 2012 | Metcal

Quality managers and line supervisors are routinely tasked with the responsibility of ensuring that the hand soldering process is under control. The method most commonly used is to measure the idle tip temperature of the soldering station and to use this reading as a benchmark of system compliance. This method, although popular is now being seriously questioned by many industry professionals as being irrelevant in qualifying true system process control.

This document aims to present a practical view of what factors are important for successful hand soldering and to suggest an alternative procedure for qualification that is simple, repeatable and directly related to the effectiveness of the soldering station....

Increase Your Process Control and Lower Cost of Ownership

Nov 12, 2012 | Ed Zamborsky, Eastern Territory Sales Manager, OK International/Metcal

With consumers constantly looking for lower prices on their technology products and manufacturers trying to squeak out higher margins from their production lines, the need for process control and lower overhead costs have become even more important. One sector that is often overlooked is the hand soldering area of the factory. Many factories have been struggling with antiquated soldering systems for years. In some cases they are trying to make their investment in stations last much longer than they were designed for, or they are falsely trying to recoup their original investment ‐ all at the cost of higher operating expenses or even worse, reduced operator thru‐put....

Soldering Faster At Lower Temperatures: A Performance Comparison

May 09, 1999 | Doug Wilkerson, Technical Services Manager.

Studies and tests of comparative soldering iron thermal performance at low temperatures - Metcal direct power soldering technology compared to conventional stored energy soldering irons from leading manufacturers. ...

Hand Soldering, Electrical Overstress, and Electrostatic Discharge

May 09, 1999 | Ron LaValley, Edwin Oh

This paper will give the reader a general understanding of EOS and ESD phenomena. It specifically addresses hand soldering's role in EOS and ESD and how to protect against and test for potential problems. It discusses how Metcal Systems address EOS and ESD concerns and how they differ from conventional soldering systems....

Extending Soldering Iron Tip Life

May 09, 1999 | Metcal

This Technical Note discusses the construction of solder tips, the various failure modes associated with tip plating (cracking, wear, corrosion, and dewetting), how to diagnose those failure modes, and specific practices that can be taken to minimize or eliminate each one....

Surface Mount Rework Techniques

May 09, 1999 | Brian Moylan

This Technical Note outlines, step by step, the easiest ways to remove and replace surface mounted devices, using the lowest possible temperatures. This document discusses the following topics: Removal and replacement of discrete and passive components (capacitors, resistors, SOTs), Removal of two-sided components (SOICs, SOJs, TSOPs), Removal of quad components (PLCCs, QFPs), Replacement of quad components including fine-pitched devices. ...

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Metcal to Demo Its CV Soldering System at the SMTA Wisconsin Expo

Apr 24, 2019 | Metcal today announced plans to exhibit at the SMTA Wisconsin Expo & Tech Forum, scheduled to take place Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at the Milwaukee Airport Crowne Plaza in Wisconsin. Company representatives will demonstrate its Connection Validation (CV) Soldering System with new hand-pieces, AC-STC Tip Cleaner and HCT2-200-11 Hot Air Pencil.

Metcal Brings Soldering Hand-pieces for Challenging Applications to SMTA Huntsville Expo

Apr 23, 2019 | Metcal today announced plans to exhibit at the SMTA Huntsville Expo & Tech Forum, scheduled to take place Thursday, May 9, 2019 at the Stone Event Center in Huntsville, AL. Metcal will demonstrate its Connection Validation (CV) Soldering System with new hand-pieces, AC-STC Tip Cleaner and HCT2-200-11 Hot Air Pencil.

Metcal to Showcase Connection Validation at SMTconnect in Nuremburg, Germany

Apr 23, 2019 | Metcal today announced plans to exhibit with smartTec at SMTconnect, scheduled to take place May 7-9, 2019 at the Nuremberg Messe GmbH in Nuremberg, Germany. Company representatives will demonstrate the Connection Validation (CV) CV-5210 Soldering System with new hand-pieces, BVX-201 Fume Extractor and AC-STC Solder Tip Cleaner in Hall 4, Booth 101. Additionally, smartTec will hold a drawing for a chance to win a CV-5210.

Metcal to Show Connection Validation System at SMTA Atlanta Expo

Apr 04, 2019 | Metcal today announced plans to exhibit at the SMTA Atlanta Expo, scheduled to take place Thursday, April 11, 2019 at the Atlanta Technology Park in Peachtree Corners, GA. Metcal will demonstrate its Connection Validation (CV) Soldering System with new hand-pieces, MFR-1350 Desoldering System, HCT2-200-11 Hot Air Pencil and AC-STC Tip Cleaner.

Metcal to Bring Robotic Soldering System and Tools to productronica China

Mar 18, 2019 | Metcal today announced plans to exhibit at productronica China, scheduled to take place March 20-22, 2019 at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre. The company will demonstrate its new Robotic Soldering System, Connection Validation (CV) Soldering System with new hand-pieces, and HCT2-200-11 Hot Air Pencil in Hall E2, Booth #2508.

Metcal Heads to Texas for SMTA Expos

Mar 05, 2019 | Metcal today announced plans to exhibit at the SMTA Dallas and Houston Expo & Tech Forums. The Dallas Expo is scheduled to take place Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at the Plano Event Stadium, and the Houston Expo will be held Thursday, March 21, 2019 at the Stafford Centre. Metcal will demonstrate its Connection Validation (CV) Soldering System with new hand-pieces, AC-STC Tip Cleaner and HCT2-200-11 Hot Air Pencil at both events.

Metcal to show soldering and rework systems at SMTA Rocky Mountain Expo

Feb 06, 2019 | Metcal today announced plans to exhibit at the SMTA Rocky Mountain Expo, scheduled to take place Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019 at the West Club at Mile High Stadium in Denver, CO. The company will demonstrate its Connection Validation (CV) Soldering System with new hand-pieces, AC-STC Tip Cleaner and HCT2-200-11 Hot Air Pencil.

Reduce Risk and Increase Productivity with Robotic Soldering

Jan 30, 2019 | Metcal today announced the global launch of the first Robotic Soldering System with patented Connection Validation (CV) technology and a touchscreen graphical user interface to drastically mitigate the risk of solder joint defects and add productivity to the manufacturers’ soldering process.

Metcal soldering and rework technology at APEX

Jan 05, 2019 | Metcal today announced plans to exhibit at the 2019 IPC APEX EXPO, scheduled to take place Jan. 29-31, 2019 at the San Diego Convention Center. The company will demonstrate its Connection Validation (CV) Robotic Soldering System, CV Soldering System with new hand-pieces, CV-500 Soldering System and VFX-1000H Volume Fume Extraction System in Booth #1314.

Metcal Receives Best of Industry Award for Hand Soldering

Nov 05, 2018 | Metcal is pleased to announce that it was awarded a 2018 Best of Industry Award from EM Media. The awards bring together industry leaders to celebrate excellence and leadership. Metcal received the Best Hand Soldering Award.

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