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

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Metcal Advanced Package Rework System

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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APR Scarab Series Site Cleaning System

The Scarab Site Cleaning System ensures accurate and repeatable cleaning of the component pad in one user friendly, single system. The cost and complexity of today’s electronic assemblies are forcing manufacturers to reexamine the ...

Rework & Repair Equipment

APR Scarab Series Site Cleaning System
APR Scorpion Rework System with Reflow heater, Preheater, SmartPlace Technology Camera (Mobile), and Precision Automatic Placement Package

The Scorpion Advanced Package Rework System ensures both accurate component placement and custom tailored reflow profiles in one user friendly, single platform rework system. The Scorpion System redefines precision and addresses the technical dem...

Rework & Repair Equipment

APR Scorpion Rework System with Reflow heater, Preheater, SmartPlace Technology Camera (Mobile), and Precision Automatic Placement Package
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...

Rework & Repair Equipment

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®...

Rework & Repair Equipment

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...

Rework & Repair Equipment

MX-5210 Dual Port Simultaneous Soldering and Rework System
APR-5000-XLS-ML Advanced Package Rework System with Split Vision

System provides board capability with small board precision. This system performs precise, cost effective rework of the widest range of PCBs and component types, from large boards up to 24.5" x 24.5" (622mm x 622mm) to components down to...

Rework & Repair Equipment

APR-5000-XLS-ML Advanced Package Rework System with Split Vision
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...

Rework & Repair Equipment

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...

Rework & Repair Equipment

HCT-1000 Programmable Hand Held Convection Tool
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...

Rework & Repair Equipment

MRS-1100A Advanced Modular Rework System
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...

Rework & Repair Equipment

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...

Rework & Repair Equipment

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...

Rework & Repair Equipment

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...

Rework & Repair Equipment

PS-900-SOLAR Solar Soldering System - Tip Hand-piece
PS-900 Value Production Soldering - Single Output

The PS-900 packs power and provides exceptional thermal control into a small benchtop footprint. Features and Benefits: SmartHeat® temperature control Ergonomic, lightweight handle Rugged cast ...

Rework & Repair Equipment

PS-900 Value Production Soldering - Single Output
MX-5250 Dual Port Simultaneous Desoldering System

New Dual Port Simultaneous Desoldering System designed for plated-through-hole component desoldering. The easy-to-grip handle allows the task to be completed quickly and comfortably. This "shop-air" hand tool, in combination with the new...

Rework & Repair Equipment

MX-5250 Dual Port Simultaneous Desoldering System
MFR-1100 Single Output Soldering, Desoldering & Rework Stations

The MFR-1100 Single Output Series is highly versatile in that it can be used with either a soldering tip, cartridge or tweezers and offers a choice of four hand-pieces. The MFR-1110 comes with one cartridge soldering hand-piece. The cartridge hand...

Rework & Repair Equipment

MFR-1100 Single Output Soldering, Desoldering & Rework Stations
SBK-CHIPRP-KIT Solder Ball Placement Kit

Reworking small chip components like 01005, 0201, 0402, & 0602s are difficult and require specialized tools. Metcal has developed a technique and identified a selection of tools that enable the operator to rework these small componen...

Rework & Repair Equipment

SBK-CHIPRP-KIT Solder Ball Placement Kit
DX-350 Programmable Digital Dispenser 0 to 100 psi (0 to 6,9 bar)

The DX-350 Series offers 10 user programmable dispense routines and 4 operating modes. The time, pressure and vacuum read-outs are displayed digitally.  It is intuitive to use and allows accurate reproduction of sequences of beads or dots. The D...

Hand Assembly

DX-350 Programmable Digital Dispenser 0 to 100 psi (0 to 6,9 bar)
DX-250 Economical Digital Dispenser/Controller 0 to 100 psi (0 to 6,9 bar)

The DX-250 Series Digital Dispenser/Controller is economical, highly accurate and repeatable micro-air dispensing system. This precision fluid dispensing system includes digital timer and vacuum control for all viscosities of fluids. Packaged read...

Hand Assembly

DX-250 Economical Digital Dispenser/Controller 0 to 100 psi (0 to 6,9 bar)
BVX-101 Bench-Top, Single User Arm/Plenum System, Pre-HEPA-Gas

The BVX-101 is a single user, PRE-HEPA-GAS volume extraction system designed to be used directly on the workbench. The unit is designed with an innovative adaptor which allows the user to choose between plenum or arm extraction options. ...

Fume Extraction

BVX-101 Bench-Top, Single User Arm/Plenum System, Pre-HEPA-Gas
BTX-208 Portable Tip Extraction System

The BTX-208 Fume Extraction System is a tip extraction unit with a high vacuum blower motor and a capacity for up to eight workstations. Features and Benefits: High performance extraction directly from the tip of any ir...

Fume Extraction

BTX-208 Portable Tip Extraction System
BVX-201-KIT1 Filter Unit with 2 BVX-ARM-K1, Pre-HEPA-Gas

The BVX-201-KIT is a two operator, PRE-HEPA-GAS volume extraction system with two BVX-ARM-K1 designed to be used adjacent to the workbenches. Features and Benefits : Two station design for dynamic fume extraction ...

Fume Extraction

 BVX-201-KIT1 Filter Unit with 2 BVX-ARM-K1, Pre-HEPA-Gas
MFX-2200C-D Multi-User Particle Fume Extraction System Digital

The multi-user MFX-2200C Fume Extraction System provides the ultimate performance in a compact size that easily fits under most workbenches. It is ideal for removing solder fumes and filtering laser fumes. Features and Benefits : ...

Fume Extraction

MFX-2200C-D Multi-User Particle Fume Extraction System Digital
8 technical articles »
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. ...

93 news releases »
Metcal to Launch Connection Validation – the Latest Innovation in Hand Soldering – at APEX

Jan 11, 2017 | Metcal today announced plans to exhibit at the 2017 IPC APEX EXPO, scheduled to take place Feb. 14-16, 2017 at the San Diego Convention Center in Calif. The company will showcase its hand soldering systems and tools, the Scarab Site Cleaning System, Scorpion Rework System, and fume extraction systems in Booth #3035.

Connection Validation.
Metcal Announces Global Launch of Solder Wire Feeder System

Dec 01, 2016 | Metcal today announced the global launch of the Solder Wire Feeder System. The feeder system speeds up the soldering process and increases efficiency by adding control and convenience to the line.

The Solder Wire Feeder.
Don’t Miss the SMTA Space Coast Expo!

Nov 07, 2016 | Metcal today announced plans to exhibit at the SMTA Space Coast Expo & Tech Forum, scheduled to take place Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016 at the Melbourne Auditorium in FL. Company representatives will showcase the Metcal MX-5200 Soldering System and MX-500 Soldering & Rework System.

Metcal to Bring Its MX-5200 Soldering System with Dual Simultaneous Use Option to SMTA LA/OC Expo

Nov 02, 2016 | Metcal today announced plans to exhibit at the SMTA LA/Orange County Expo, scheduled to take place Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016 at The Grand Event Center in Long Beach, CA. Company representatives will showcase the Metcal MX-5200 Soldering System and Solder Wire Feeder.

Metcal’s New Solder Wire Increases Soldering Speed – Visit the SMTA New England Expo

Nov 01, 2016 | Metcal today announced plans to exhibit at the SMTA New England Expo, scheduled to take place Thursday, November 3, 2016 at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA. Company representatives will show the Metcal USF-1000 Solder Wire Feeder, along with Metcal’s proven rework and repair equipment, including the Scorpion Rework System and MX-5200 Soldering System.

New Solder Wire Feeder Adds a New Level of Control – Find Out More at SMTA Guadalajara

Sep 26, 2016 | Metcal today announced plans to exhibit at the SMTA Guadalajara Expo & Tech Forum, scheduled to take place Oct. 5-6, 2016 at Hotel Riu Guadalajara. Company representatives will show the Metcal USF-1000 Solder Wire Feeder, along with Metcal’s proven rework and repair equipment, including the Scorpion Rework System and MX-5200 Soldering System.

Metcal USF-1000 Solder Wire Feeder.
Metcal Application Expert Paul Wood to Participate in Expert Rework Panel at SMTAI

Sep 22, 2016 | Metcal today announced that Paul Wood, Advanced Product Applications Manager, will participate in an expert panel conducted by Global SMT & Packaging Magazine during SMTA International. The panel, entitled, “Rework and Repair – Challenges,” is scheduled to take place Wednesday September 28, 2016.

Paul Wood, Advanced Product Applications Manager.
Get a New Level of Soldering Control with Metcal’s Solder Wire Feeder at SMTAI

Aug 31, 2016 | Metcal today announced plans to exhibit in Booth #806 at SMTA International, scheduled to take place September 27-28, 2016 at the Donald Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL. Company representatives will show the Metcal USF-1000 Solder Wire Feeder, along with Metcal’s proven rework and repair equipment, including the Scarab Site Cleaning System, Scorpion Rework System, MX-5200 Soldering System and more. The new Metcal USF-1000 Solder Wire Feeder adds a new level of control and convenience to the soldering process.

Scarab Site Cleaning System.
New Solder Wire Feeder at NEPCON South China

Aug 28, 2016 | Metcal today announced plans to exhibit in Booth #1H55 at NEPCON South China, scheduled to take place Aug. 30-Sept. 1, 2016 at the Shenzhen Convention & Exhibition Center. Company representatives will show the Metcal USF-1000 Solder Wire Feeder, along with Metcal’s proven rework and repair equipment, including the Scarab Site Cleaning System, Scorpion Rework System, MX-5200 Soldering System and more. The new Metcal USF-1000 Solder Wire Feeder adds a new level of control and convenience to the soldering process.

New RSM for the Southwest at Metcal

Aug 22, 2016 | Metcal today announced that it has hired a new Regional Sales Manager for the Southwest. Gabriel Ortiz will manage Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Mexico and South America.

Gabriel Ortiz.

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