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Time to retire the wave?

Electronics Forum | Sun May 27 04:18:22 EDT 2007 | grantp

Hi, We are currently soldering only connectors, so there is not that much to do. For the wave we currently use palettes as we solder PCI cards but don't want to wash. So the palette keeps the flux off the board. My reasons for looking at changing o

Time to retire the wave?

Electronics Forum | Wed May 30 18:14:51 EDT 2007 | russ

You may want to look into an airvac PCBRM unit. R

Time to retire the wave?

Electronics Forum | Tue May 22 00:29:02 EDT 2007 | grantp

Hi, Thanks for the info, and would you opinion be that the Soltec selective is a good machine, and is the software good? We have a Delta Wave, and while we like it, it's got some horrible software. That's the only thing worrying us. Regards, Gran

Time to retire the wave?

Electronics Forum | Tue May 22 10:44:04 EDT 2007 | stepheniii

Are you using nitrogen with your wave? You probably will need to with selective. With our Ersa we need 99.9% pure nitrogen to make it acceptable. They spec 99.999% which means liquid nitrogen. We tried one board without nitrogen, it left a two in

Time to retire the wave?

Electronics Forum | Tue May 22 16:07:54 EDT 2007 | grantp

Hi, Thanks for all the info. Do you have a Nitrogen generator for the selective soldering machine? How does the cost of running that compare to the cost of keeping that big pot in the Delta wave hot? Have you ever experimented with check the costs

Time to retire the wave?

Electronics Forum | Wed May 23 10:40:52 EDT 2007 | ck_the_flip

I was the "victim" of an old soltec wave too, along with their DOS-based piece-of-dung software. We have since replaced it. Generally, I find the European equipment makers very weak in the software department. Good examples are DEKs and Soltecs. A

Time to retire the wave?

Electronics Forum | Thu May 24 22:10:38 EDT 2007 | john3140

Selective!If you are considering a Selective machine you must not be worried about thru put. If you want to keep the same thru put as what you were getting out of the Soltec Wave but want better software....you should give a Vectra ES a try. Its manu

Time to retire the wave?

Electronics Forum | Fri May 25 09:50:23 EDT 2007 | ck_the_flip

Grant, the BGA Kid's got a great point. You state, simply that you're looking to completely replace wave soldering with selective soldering, but the only reason given was "the wave is old". The throughput differences will be huge if you're solderin

Time to retire the wave?

Electronics Forum | Fri May 18 11:51:37 EDT 2007 | grantp

Hi, We have a soltec wave, and apart from the really bad software running it, I am wondering if it's time to replace it with selective soldering, which will use less solder, and much less power than a wave. What is a good inline replacement for a w

Time to retire the wave?

Electronics Forum | Mon May 21 17:56:04 EDT 2007 | mefloump

We have a Delta Max (leaded) and a delta wave (lead free) and a soltec Selective solder. The software that runs the selective solder is much different than that of the wave machines. We have fitted our selective with a leaded and lead free pot to han

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