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KIC’s MB Allen to Discuss Smart Reflow Ovens for the Industry 4.0 Factory

Oct 08, 2017

KIC announces that MB (Marybeth) Allen will present at the SMTA New England Expo & Tech Forum, scheduled to take place Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017 at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA. Allen will present, “The Smart Reflow Oven for the Industry 4.0 factory.”

The reflow oven is often considered the black box in the electronic assembly factory. As the industry is trending towards the smart factory to reduce cost of manufacturing while providing consistent quality and new capabilities such as full process traceability, the reflow oven is undergoing a dramatic transformation. Key elements include:

  • Factory level connectivity of both the machine (oven), and the thermal process (every PCB profile relative to process window)
  • Real-time process transparency

  • Fluid changeover

  • Process traceability

  • Extreme level of automation

  • Machine learning

This presentation will cover the elements of the smart oven and the technical and business (revenue and profit) impact on the factory. Additionally, it will address the critical question of new oven investment versus retrofitable technologies.

Allen is the Product Manager for KIC. As such she coordinates the advancement of new products and features to accommodate customer needs as KIC adds to its portfolio for the electronics and solar industries. Her technical expertise, relationships with valued partners and customers, and many years of sales experience aid KIC in the future development, improvement and sales of the company's product offerings. MB has worked in the electronics industry for more than 27 years and been associated with KIC for more than 25 years.


Based in San Diego, KIC is the industry leader in automated thermal process tools and systems for reflow, wave, curing and semiconductor thermal processes. The company pioneered the development of oven profilers and process optimization tools, and then worked to create the next generation of thermal systems to help manufacturers improve the thermal process quality while reducing cost.

KIC products include the KIC SPS, K2, X5, KICstart2, ProBot, 24/7 Wave and the KIC RPI. With the introduction of cutting edge tools, the company continues to stay on the leading edge of process optimization and automatic thermal process systems, and has won numerous industry awards. For more information about KIC, visit www.kicthermal.com.

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