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KIC to Showcase the KIC Explorer Thermal Profiler at SMTA International 2008

Aug 07, 2008

San Diego � August 2008 � KIC, the leader of thermal process development and control products and winner of multiple industry awards, announces that it will feature the KIC Explorer, a new generation of thermal profiler in booth 815 at the upcoming SMTA International exhibition and conference, scheduled to take place August 19-20, 2008, in Orlando, FL.

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 native oven recipes and s 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.

Based in San Diego, KIC is the industry leader in automated thermal management tools and systems for reflow, wave, cure and semiconductor thermal processes. The company pioneered the development of oven profilers and process development tools, and then worked to create the next generation of thermal systems to help manufacturers optimize and monitor thermal processes.

In addition to the KIC Explorer, products include the KIC 24/7 continuous monitoring system, the KIC Vision automatic profiling system and more. With the introduction of cutting edge tools, the company continues to stay on the leading edge of process optimization and real-time thermal management systems, and has won numerous industry awards.

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