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KIC to Display the KIC Explorer Thermal Profiler at APEX 2008

Mar 19, 2008

San Diego � March 2008 � KIC, the leader of thermal process development and control products and winner of multiple industry awards, announce they will launch KIC Explorer, a new generation of thermal profiler in booth 1977 at the upcoming APEX exhibition and conference, scheduled to take place April 1-3, 2008, in Las Vegas.

KIC Explorer, featuring an impressively compact design, moves easily through the restrictive process dimensions encountered in today�s thermal applications. It incorporates state-of-the-art SMT technology and high-temperature rated components, backed by KIC�s distinguished reputation for reliability. Users can depend on this rugged, innovative hardware to endure the harsh conditions of real-world factory use.

Modern applications introduce an array of thermal process complexities. To conquer those challenges, additional thermal profile data is needed. As a standard feature, the KIC Explorer has 12 thermocouples to meet all requirements. The ingenious miniature-TC harness design makes this possible, and it is less expensive than using a standard Type-K thermocouple. (If Type-K thermocouples are preferred, the KIC Explorer is available in a standard Type-K, 7-channel model.)

Acquiring more data in a small unit is only the beginning. The KIC Explorer provides the highest sampling rate available, greater memory capacity and superior data precision. Thermal profile data are conveniently transferred to the user�s computer via a USB connection. The KIC Explorer is powered by standard AAA batteries; rechargeable batteries are optional.

The KIC Explorer�s easy-to-use software has a modern, graphical interface that intuitively guides users through the task of profiling. All critical profile and process data are measured, including slope, peak temperature and time above liquidous. The software also measures the Process Window Index� (PWI) statistic. The PWI mathematically and objectively identifies a profile�s �fit� to the available process window. A PWI less than 100 indicates an in-spec profile. A PWI value of zero represents the center of the process window. Therefore, the lower the PWI, the more stable and efficient the process.

The PWI also instantly reveals where the process or oven needs to be adjusted. Manual prediction capability comes standard with the KIC Explorer. This allows users to manually adjust and improve upon the process or oven setup. The optional KIC Auto-Focus automates process improvement and optimization for automatically. Within seconds, the KIC Auto-Focus� automatically �googles� the billions of alternative oven recipes and selects the single best oven setup for each application.

The KIC Explorer hardware and software improve production quality, productivity and documentation. This new generation of thermal profiles provides unmatched performance, flexibility and miniaturization.

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