What is a Wave Soldering Machine?
A wave soldering machine is used to solder both conventional through-hole and Surface mount components on a PCB. In the case of Thru-Hole components, a Printed Circuit Board with through-hole components enters the wave soldering machine via a conveyor belt. While the PCB passed through the machine, the underside of the board with the component leads is passed over a wave of molten solder. This is how the components get soldered on the board.
In the case of surface mount components, the components are glued onto the surface of a PCB and then enter the Wave soldering machine via a conveyor belt. Again they the PCBs run through the molten solder wave and get soldered on to the board.
Here is a list of Key Parameters when looking for Wave Soldering Equipment:
Type: Broadly, there are two types of wave soldering machines - single wave and double wave soldering machines. The single wave machine has one solder peak, and it is used in soldering of less dense solder joints. The double wave machine has double solder peaks, and it is used in soldering of the high-dense solder joints. The double wave soldering machine has a smooth and turbulence wave of solder.
Warm-up time: It is the time needed for a wave soldering machine to go from cold start to operating temperature and is usually represented in minutes.
Wave width: It is the width of the solder wave, usually represented in mm
Solder wave height: The height of solder wave, usually represented in mm
Solder bath capacity: It represents how much amount of solder the solder bath can hold. It is usually represented in kg.
Flux capacity: It represents the flux handling capacity of the machine and is usually represented in liters.
Solder bath power: The amount of electrical power required to prepare the molten solder path. It is represented in kW.
Conveyor speed: It is the speed conveyor movement in the wave soldering process. It is represented in meters/minute.
Conveyor angle: It is an angle step movement of the conveyor represented in degree. The range of conveyor angle is usually 5-10 degrees.
Preheater power: The amount of electrical power needed to preheat the oven. Usually represented in KW.
Air consumption: It is the amount of air consumption during the soldering process, represented in CFM (Cubic feet per minute)
Pre-heater length: The length of pre-heater, represented in mm
Weight: It is the soldering machine weight represented in Kg
Dimension: The dimension of the machine is represented in ( L-W-H) mm.
PCB Directory has listed Wave Soldering Equipment from the leading manufacturers in the industry and made it easy for users to find wave soldering machines based on their requirement. Users can specify the type of equipment, the solder pot capacity, wave width and other parameters to find equipment that meets their requirement. They can then view wave soldering machine specifications, download the spec sheets and get quotes on matching products. Quotes requested via PCB Directory are routed to the manufacturer of the wave soldering equipment.