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KIC Authors and Releases ‘Making Ovens Smarter’ White Paper

Feb 21, 2016

KIC today announced the release of a new white paper, entitled ‘Making Ovens Smarter,’ that sets out to explain the value of — and the path to — smarter reflow ovens. The paper, which is available for download in numerous places including leading industry media sites, discusses trends such as Industry 4.0, Smart Factory, IoM (Internet of Manufacturing) and IoT (Internet of Things) as well as offers an explanation of benefits that can be gained by making ovens smarter and connected.

Author and KIC President Bjorn Dahle commented, “With the market talking about Industry 4.0, IoM and other trends, it seems the perfect time to explore the value of a more intelligent and data-driven approach to solder reflow. With this white paper, we want to inform the market of the value that a smarter approach can deliver by reducing defects, increasing productivity, decreasing changeover time and driving traceability.”

The paper provides practical advice about getting started on the path to Industry 4.0 or IoM at the reflow stage of the process, a stage that previously has had less focus perhaps than others. Reflow is the second largest culprit for quality issues after solder paste printing, so it is well worth exploring, with a simple path to improvement and subsequent return on investment.

KIC Head of Product Development Miles Moreau added, “We have explored the principles of Industry 4.0 and IoM and aligned our products with them. We can see some clear routes to reading, recording and relaying the data that is required and can be produced in the reflow process. This white paper explains much of these principles, including our view on process vs. machine monitoring.”

The white paper can be downloaded from many industry publications or to get your own copy email kdunn@kicthermal.com.For more information about how the company is making ovens smarter, visit www.kicthermal.com.


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 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.

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