Component Management

KIC to demonstrate smarter ovens at APEX

17th February 2016
KIC
Peter Smith

At this year’s APEX EXPO, KIC will demonstrate how its smart oven technologies lead to reduced production cost as well as higher quality levels.Over the last decade, reflow oven manufacturers have done a great job of making their ovens more stable, reliable and less expensive. 

Looking forward, the majority of additional customer value will be created in the utilization of the ovens, and that is the area where KIC has and continues to develop new technologies.

As electronic product variety continues to grow, the result is more frequent production line changeover. Productivity is lost when a multimillion dollar production line waits 15-30+ minutes on a $50,000 oven to stabilize on the new recipe. KIC’s technology provides either near instant oven changeover time or dramatically reduced downtime. Additionally, KIC’s automatic systems eliminate manual tasks such as periodic manual profiling and reduce the opportunities for human mistakes in setting up and running the ovens.

KIC’s smart oven technologies automatically measure the PCB profile and its match to the relevant process window. Share this continuous and near real-time process and traceability data with all authorized personnel and MES over the factory’s LAN. True process data helps the maintenance people troubleshoot and fix issues faster. 

A key aspect of these smart technologies is that they are retrofitable on virtually all oven models at nearly any age. Now the entire factory can use smart oven technologies.

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