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MARTIN’s EXPERT 04.6IXM: Reworking Heavy Substrates

Jun 04, 2012


The new EXPERT 04.6IXM was introduced at SMT Nuremburg 2012 and created a lot of interest. Single-sided printed circuit boards (PCBs) are placed on a glass plate, which is heated with IR radiators rated at up to 3000W. This results in very rapid heating, even when processing large aluminium or ceramic substrates (suitable for sizes between 30 x 30 mm and 300 x 300 mm). The system is designed for applications where substrates need to be heated quickly to temperatures up to 200°C and without overshoot. LED rework, for example, benefits from high substrate temperatures to facilitate the removal and replacement of individual components from an array.

Two manipulator arms, each with a movement lock, individually carry the placement tool and hot air solder pen to cover the entire working area. Small components can effortlessly be picked up from a dispenser and precisely placed on the PCB with manual alignment. Optimized soldering tools precisely deliver hot air to the solder joints for gentle heating. At the end of the reflow process, integrated vacuum cups automatically lift the components out of the molten solder. Boards populated on both sides also can be easily processed. They are supported just above the heating plate using magnetic PCB holders, allowing additional flexibility and freedom to customize processes.

As with all EXPERT systems in the 04.6 family, this version also includes residual solder removal and dispensing. Especially when reworking LEDs, cleaning and re-depositing solder are critical steps, which can be ergonomically handled using this system. The Easy-Solder software and the Autoprofiler support users in establishing, archiving and executing profiles. Precise heat management provides the reliability expected of a MARTIN system. 

MARTIN has developed affordable rework, BGA reballing and dispensing technologies for 30 years with a strong commitment to high quality, precision and reliability. The USA sales and service office is located in Manchester, NH. The company‘s manufacturing facility is in Wessling, Germany. MARTIN is a FINETECH company. 


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