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John

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Rotary Chip Waves?? | 5 May, 1998

Does anyone have info on the rotary chip wave(compare/contrast to z wave.....)?

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Chrys

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Re: Rotary Chip Waves?? Way Cool! | 5 May, 1998

| Does anyone have info on the rotary chip wave(compare/contrast to z wave.....)? John, In my humble opinion, rotary chip waves are the best thing since forced convection. Great coverage; never clog. And here's a really cool perk: the rotary chip waves have two controls - one for the solder pump speed to control the volume of solder you're pumping through it, and one for the rotary speed, which controls the atenuation of the wave. With the more standard style chip waves, to get the wave higher, you had to crank up the pump speed and pump more heat into your circuit card. Not any more. Just bring up the rotary speed. No more secondary reflow on the topside! When compared to a Z-wave, the only Z-wave I can think of is the old Hollis smooth wave that had a Z-screen in the chimney, so I don't think that's what you're talking about. One bummer about the rotary chip waves: on my machine, the rotary shaft has a u-joint that comes real close to the solder pot, and dross buildup cracks the rubber boot around the u-joint. Of course, you can't buy the rubber boot. You have to buy a new shaft at almost $700. Right now er're trying to determine just how long that joint will hold up without the protective rubber boot. (Don't worry, the spare is ready!) Aside from that one little picky thing, the rotary chip is a great thing. Eliminates nearly all skips (especially on those pesky little SOT's)

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john

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Re: Rotary Chip Waves?? Way Cool! | 6 May, 1998

| | Does anyone have info on the rotary chip wave(compare/contrast to z wave.....)? | John, | In my humble opinion, rotary chip waves are the best thing since forced convection. Great coverage; never clog. And here's a really cool perk: the rotary chip waves have two controls - one for the solder pump speed to control the volume of solder you're pumping through it, and one for the rotary speed, which controls the atenuation of the wave. | With the more standard style chip waves, to get the wave higher, you had to crank up the pump speed and pump more heat into your circuit card. Not any more. Just bring up the rotary speed. No more secondary reflow on the topside! | When compared to a Z-wave, the only Z-wave I can think of is the old Hollis smooth wave that had a Z-screen in the chimney, so I don't think that's what you're talking about. | One bummer about the rotary chip waves: on my machine, the rotary shaft has a u-joint that comes real close to the solder pot, and dross buildup cracks the rubber boot around the u-joint. Of course, you can't buy the rubber boot. You have to buy a new shaft at almost $700. Right now er're trying to determine just how long that joint will hold up without the protective rubber boot. (Don't worry, the spare is ready!) | Aside from that one little picky thing, the rotary chip is a great thing. Eliminates nearly all skips (especially on those pesky little SOT's) Chrys, Sorry, I was talking about the omega wave... I appretiate the feedback. We are just getting started with SMT. We have an Electrovert with just the standard lamda wave. If you have any other info or advice, I would appreciate it. Thanks! John

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